The official page of Aaron Phipps, London 2012
Paralympic Olympics athlete.

 
BIOGRAPHY

Aaron Phipps, a former Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby player and London 2012 Paralympic athlete, was born on the 7th April 1983 in Southampton.

As a teenager Aaron took a keen interest in extreme sports such as rollerblading, skateboarding and BMX riding, as well as well as competitive sports like basketball.


However on the 7th January 1999, aged 15, Aaron contracted meningitis C and meningococcal septicaemia (blood poisoning). This deadly disease developed from seemingly harmless flu like symptoms, which 12 hours later saw him on a life support machine. Aaron was in a coma for two weeks.By March, both of Aaron’s legs and most of his fingers had to be amputated due to the septicaemia.

Overall, Aaron spent a year in hospital recovering and rehabilitating as he adapted to the life changing situation thrown at him. Eight months after being discharged, Aaron enrolled at Totton College to study for his A level qualifications as his life returned to some kind of normality.

In 2007 Aaron participated in the Totton 10km wheelchair race to raise money for Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) - the charity that supported him and his family since he became ill with meningitis. Having got the taste for racing, Aaron contacted the British Wheelchair Association who gave him a racing chair. In his new chair Aaron started to compete in races on a regular basis, including two London Marathons, the second of which in 2009, he finished the fourth highest UK male in a time of 1hr 59mins. Aaron was introduced to the GB Wheelchair Rugby squad and due to his high level of fitness he soon became an established member of the team, participating in a number of major tournaments.

Aaron put a huge amount of energy into training and even attended the Florida project in 2011 - a 10 week intensive training camp to help him be competitive on an international stage. Soon he was classified as a 3.5 player - the highest in the GB Wheelchair Rugby squad.

His hard work paid off when he was selected to be part of the Wheelchair Rugby team for Great Britain in the London 2012 Paralympic games where he scored over half of the overall points for the
team. Then in 2016 Aaron set himself the ultimate challenge of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro - the highest mountain in Africa - to raise money for MRF. It was the first time a disabled British person had climbed Kilimanjaro without assistance.

As he got higher up the mountain, his off-road wheelchair could no longer deal with the rough terrain so he trekked for four days on his hands and knees. This was an incredible test of his endurance but his energy and determination got him to the summit.

 

Over the years Aaron has raised over £250,000 for MRF, for which the charity are very grateful and proud to have him as a supporter. Aaron now works for Roma Sport on their innovation and development within its sports and active wheelchair portfolio. He is also an athlete mentor for Sky Academy and a motivational speaker.

In addition, Aaron is the Chancellor of the New Forest and Southampton Children’s University.Aaron, his wife Vicky and their two daughters Ella and Chloe remain in Aaron’s hometown of Totton, Southampton.


For more information about Meningitis visit the Meningitis trust website [here]
 

Competitions

 

2009 European Championships Demark 4th
2010 Australian Super Series 4th
2010 Canada Cup
2011 GB Cup 2nd

2011 European Championships 2nd

2012 London Paralympic Games 5th 


Honours


 

Coloplast Super Series 'Most Valuable Player' 2013
Coloplast Super Series ‘Best High Point Player’ 2012
Silver GB Cup 2011
Silver European Championships 2011
Sports Hampshire and Isle of Wight Seniors Disabilities Sports Person 2011
Coloplast Super Series ‘Best High Point Player’ 2011
Coloplast Super Series ‘Rising Star Award’ 2011




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