Since discovering the sport through a recommendation from her mum, Adele has been unstoppable. She’s competed at every level throughout British Wheelchair Basketball, from junior league through to women’s league and National League. Following a successful stint in the women’s league, Adele was chosen to represent Team West in the 2018/2019 Women’s League All-Star game.
Success in the domestic leagues translated into active involvement in the Great Britain performance pathway. Adele was first selected to represent Great Britain at the 2018 U25 European Championships, supporting her team to bring home the gold medal. Following her success at this competition, Adele pulled on the jersey once more to win Bronze at the 2019 U24 World Championships. Her form with the junior squads was rewarded with Adele being named a reserve for the 2019 European Championship Great Britain squad.
Adele and her sister Jade both started their journeys at Blackhawks Wheelchair Basketball club following their diagnosis of Complicated Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia. David Kingstone, coach at the club, supported Adele to develop her fundamental skills in an enjoyable way, which kept Adele hooked. Progressing at a rapid speed, Adele now competes in the mixed BWB Premier League for Thames Valley Kings under head coach Grant Barker.
Off the court, Adele is fixated on sports and follows the New York Mets in the MLB. Adele is also looking to gain her basketball coaching qualifications over the next season so she can enable others to develop their confidence through wheelchair basketball, adding:
“I love wheelchair basketball. The sport has transformed my life and allowed me the opportunity to socialise with people and develop my confidence. At first it may be hard to do something new that is out of your comfort zone, but it really can change your life. Signing with Cardiff Met Archers is my latest challenge, and I can’t wait to get started with the team.”