Paralympian and World Champion
For Jeff Adams, a wheelchair is a vehicle for success. This five-time Paralympian and six-time World Champion in wheelchair sports is living proof that focus, determination, and spirit are the keys to achieving “gold medal” dreams. Combining his unique understanding of life’s challenges with his experience as a world-class athlete, Adam synthesises his experience in sport, government, and business into messages that show how the path to success is often the same, regardless of the goal that is being pursued.
Adams started using a wheelchair at nine years old; the radiation therapy that saved his life while battling cancer in infancy had, by age nine, permanently damaged his spinal cord. Since then, he has faced this monumental challenge admirably, competing in six consecutive Summer Paralympics, from 1988 to 2008, and winning a total of three gold, four silver, and six bronze medals.
Adams has appeared in television commercials, acted as a global spokesperson for multinational corporations, and worked as a journalist and commentator for the media. He served as chair of the Accessibility Committee for the Toronto 2008 Olympic Bid Committee, and is chair of the Ontarians with Disability Advisory Council. He is also a recent inductee into the Terry Fox Hall of Fame.
A rare breed of an athlete, Adams successfully transitioned from sport to business. He has founded two companies, Marvel Wheelchairs and Icon Wheelchairs. Marvel underwent an acquisition in 2010, and Icon was acquired in 2015. Taking advantage of the opportunity to return to school, Adams is currently studying law at Osgoode Hall Law School and working at Faskin LLP, a Bay Street law firm.