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Peter16_0018Peter started his sporting career as a basketball player. Representing the London Royals and Eastside eagles. During the time playing basketball he came runner up in the Essex Cup and also won the London Youth Games and the Essex Cup in later years.

While playing sports, Peter kept up his other passion in entertainment in the fields of theatre and arts. Having his artwork tour the UK ending in a exhibition in the National Portrait Gallery and London Platform art. Peter then took to the stage performing in for Talawa, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Hackney Empire and BBC Radio before joining the writing team for BAFTA winning E4 Series Skins’ first two seasons.

Peter joined Havering Sixth Form college where he was noticed at the London Youth Games to pick up volleyball at the age of 18. Picking up the sport he joined Brentwood Volleyball club and was scouted to trial out for the England Juniors.

2008 saw Peter gain his first cap for England against Denmark. Peter quickly transitioned university_peterbakarefrom a basketball player to a volleyballer when he was selected for the GB Development squad in Sheffield.

While attending Sheffield Hallam studying Animation, Mr Bakare got his first Team GB debut in Slovakia in the European League. While studying he represented Great Britain at the World University games in Serbia before putting studies on hold after securing his first pro contract in Holland for the Dutch A league side Landstede, Zwolle.

In the two years playing abroad, Landstede were the runners up in the Super Cup and also won the National Cup in the Olympic year, 2012.

Returning to England and the national team that year, Peter was selected for the Team GB Volleyball squad for the London 2012 Olympics. Earning himself the Top Point scorer for GB in his Olympic start against Italy in Earl’s Court.

Peter now plays for Team Northumbria after completing his degree in Animation and diploma in executive coaching and leadership. While at Team Northumbria playing in the top league Super 8’s, he has managed to win the League, National Cup and represent the university at the European university games in Croatia and currently trains with the England Senior Men’s squad.