In 2016, EG sponsored Adam Kellerman, a world-ranking wheelchair tennis player, on his journey to the Rio Olympics. Kellerman visited EG and shared his inspirational story.
Growing up in St. Ives on Sydney’s north, Adam Kellerman was a rowdy young boy with perfect health who loved tennis, swimming, running, skiing, ice hockey and soccer. After experiencing pain in his leg, it was discovered that he was affected by a form of bone cancer in his right hip called Ewings Sarcoma.
Adam went through a series of chemo-therapy treatments as well as major surgery. Following the major surgery, he contracted an infection which required a further19 unplanned surgeries as well as 2 years of IV antibiotics. He also battled a serious case of depression over the whole time period.
When Adam was introduced to wheelchair tennis in December 2006, he discovered a slice of happiness and found a space in which he could kickstart his life again. Adam competed in the 2016 Paralympics in Rio and his dream is to become World #1 for wheelchair tennis. Adam also delivers inspiring motivational talks on various topics derives from his life experience.
“I was a pretty sporty kid when I was younger,” Adam writes. “I played any sport under the sun. Loved soccer, loved ice hockey. When I was diagnosed I had no appreciation of how my life would change.”