19th December 2023

Australian Comedian Adam Hills's gold prosthetic foot is now on display at the Heritage Centre

We are excited to announce the generous donation of a gold prosthetic foot by Australian comedian, radio, and television presenter Adam Hills MBE. This unique prosthetic, adorned with the names of the Great British gold medallists from the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio, has found its permanent home at the National Paralympic Heritage Centre in Aylesbury.

In the lead-up to the 2016 Paralympic Games, Adam was invited to motivate the Paralympic GB Team. During his speech, he made a bold promise: if the British athletes secured more medals than their Australian counterparts, he would paint his prosthetic foot gold and write the names of every Great British gold medal winner on it. His reasoning was as humorous as it was motivational, noting that "there is no greater incentive for British athletes than to humiliate an Australian." True to his word, Adam has proudly worn this distinctive prosthetic for the past seven years.

Members from the NPHT Team around a desk opening the box with Adam Hills gold prosthetic foot.

Adam has been a dedicated supporter of the Paralympic Movement, hosting his nightly comedy show, 'The Last Leg,' throughout the London 2012 Paralympic Games, which has earned multiple series renewals. Recently awarded an MBE for his outstanding contributions to Paralympic sport and disability awareness, Adam continues to wholeheartedly champion the cause.

Expressing his delight at the decision to donate his gold prosthetic foot, Adam Hills said,

I've had a foot in the UK for quite some time now, and it's lovely to know that will continue for many years to come - regardless of where the rest of my body is located. I feel so honoured to be a small part of the Paralympic Movement, and I'm chuffed to know that a small part of me will be in the National Paralympic Heritage Centre.

We are equally honoured to display Adam's iconic foot at the Heritage Centre, where it will be accessible to visitors from across the country. Vicky Hope-Walker, CEO of the National Paralympic Heritage Trust, stated, 

Adam's generous donation is a distinctive addition to our collection, and we appreciate his dedication to preserving the history and accomplishments of Paralympic athletes. This remarkable prosthetic foot will inspire and captivate visitors, reinforcing the values of determination, courage, and unity that define the Paralympic spirit. With ambitious plans for Adam's foot, we hope that next summer, it will embark on a countywide journey, as other museums and libraries have expressed a keen interest in displaying it. This initiative aligns with Buckinghamshire’s broader plans to commemorate Paris 2024, as the birthplace of the Paralympic Movement.

Visit the National Paralympic Heritage Centre at Stoke Mandeville Stadium to view this extraordinary piece of Paralympic history.

The Last Leg New Year's Eve Special 

Tune into The Last Leg’s end-of-year special ‘The Last Leg of the Year’ that will showcase Adam’s prosthetic foot in its new home at the National Paralympic Heritage Centre, on Channel 4 the 31st of December at 9pm.