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

 

SPEAKING

Education Corporate

Having spoken to thousands of young people across the UK, Aaron enjoys engaging with children to share his story and encourage them to be the best version of themselves.

 

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Testimonials Schools



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Completely in awe of your achievements

 

I would just like to once again express how grateful we are for the incredibly informative and moving presentation you gave yesterday.

We each took 2 groups last night and have already have feedback from a number of other tutors and it has been overwhelmingly positive.
They were completely in awe of your achievements, the mental determination it took to adjust to a new body and way of life and your attitude made a real impact on them.

Paula Kearney
Harrow School



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Grabs the attention of all students


 

Aaron Phipps is, without doubt, the most inspirational speaker that I have had the honour of listening to in a school setting. He is a natural speaker and has both an incredible story to tell but also an engaging way of telling it that grabs the attention of all students, regardless of their background and situations, Whenever Aaron has delivered a session or an assembly, there has always been such a buzz amongst students and staff and they always seem to want to hang around to ask questions and take selfies! Aaron challenges all stereotypes surrounding disability and makes students believe that they can achieve even when they face challenges. I would wholeheartedly recommend any school hosting a visit.

 

Sian Roberts
Lead Practitioner
Cantell School


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Absolutely Inspiring - Essex Healthy Schools awards 


As well as being a truly genuine and lovely person, Aaron’s story captured us all. He was engaging throughout and had everyone’s full attention from start to finish, not only to the children but the adults too.

Aaron gave the children belief in themselves that they can aspire to be the best they can be. He told his story with humour, passion and sincerity.

Everyone is still talking about it now and we have had so many lovely comments from the schools that attended.

Suzanne Heron
Health Improvement Practitioner
Virgin Care Ltd


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The atmosphere after the event was buzzing


Aaron was the Guest of Honour at our Sports Personality Awards. His address was thoroughly enjoyable, interesting, entertaining and thought-provoking. He engaged with the audience and the students, and his message about choices is an important one. The atmosphere after the event was buzzing and a lot of this was down to Aaron’s contribution to the event.

Mrs C Wilson
Executive Headteacher
Trinity School


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engaged every student from the first instant

 

Aaron has been so professional, engaging and inspiring for all of our school community. He has engaged every student from the first instant and he has been a great role model. He has been really open and honest about his inspiring story. His energy and his relentless enthusiasm has been such a great role model for our community to see’.

 

Aaron’s story has given my class a great role model to follow. He is so positive and energetic. He tries everything and shows that you can ignore excuses. My class loved him taking part in sports day activities with us.

 

Teachers @ Redwood Park School 

 

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UNRELENTING FOCUS ON NOT SETTLING FOR LESS


Aaron inspired 200 primary aged children with his story of gritty determination, an unrelenting focus on not settling for less, and proving to himself and others what the human spirit can achieve. His witty, poignant and humbling tale made us reflect on the power of overcoming personal barriers, and what it takes to succeed. I look forward to working with Aaron again.

Jason Anderson
Headteacher
Romsey Primary School


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Students listened with rapacious attention all through his delivery


Aaron Phipps gave a brilliant and inspiring presentation to our students during the induction week. It was beautiful collection of obstacle surmounting, bridge building and frontiers extending life experiences. Students listened with rapacious attention all through his delivery, they asked provocative and challenging questions and he provided incisive and thought provoking responses. Students waited for autographs and personal pictures with Aaron and many indicated that his delivery session was one that provided the “wow” factor for them.

Dr. Gbola Gbadamosi
Business & Management Framework Leader

Bournemouth University

 

 

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You hit the right note with our students

 
Thank you so much for agreeing to speak at our presentation evening earlier today. Your speech was truly inspirational, as a parent said to me afterwards 'inspirational and emotional'. You hit the right note with our students and demonstrated perfectly how important it is for them to develop the skill of resilience which can really them you to ride the ups and downs that life throws at you.


Thank you once again, I will be recommending you to other Heads.

Kind regards

Christian Kingsley
Head Teacher Chestnut Grove Academy London

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One year ago she would never have contemplated staying in education


I would just like to say a heartfelt ‘thanks’ to you and your team.

Having established a good working relationship with you, which included your presentation to my group, one student in particular, having previously remained unfocussed, was inspired to finally recognise her potential and is now starting a Level 2 qualification in Hairdressing.

One year ago she would never have contemplated staying in education and it was through your own enthusiasm, and the support of college staff, that she started to believe in herself and acknowledge what she was capable of achieving.

I know that my colleagues, Gordon Lewis and Pip Smith, also appreciate your input and we look forward to working with you during the coming academic year.

With best wishes,

Andrea Arnott

Totton College


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In the presence of someone very special


Sometimes you know you are in the presence of someone very special. Today this was certainly the case for the children and staff of Marchwood Junior School, who had the pleasure of meeting and listening to Aaron's remarkable story from an 'ordinary' young man growing up in Totton to the Paralympic star who we all watched in awe during the Paralympic Games in London 2012. Inspiring, humble and a role model to everyone he meets.

Thank you Aaron.

 

David Bennett 

Marchwood Junior School

 

 

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Stimulating and inspirational story


Aaron has delivered fantastic guest lectures at Southampton Solent University for the last four years. He presents a stimulating and inspirational story of his journey to become an elite athlete. Aaron is able to adapt his presentation content and style to suit a wide range of audiences: from high performance coaches and sport scientists; to younger audiences, including gifted and talented primary school children. He presents with heart, passion and warmth and always leaves his audience inspired to achieve better things.

Matt Johnson

Southampton Solent University


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Man of the people and best speaker


I would Just like to thank @AaronPhippsGBWR for inspiring my Year 7's to 'Be the Best'. Man of the people and best speaker.


Stuart McCracken
Thorden School

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Superb

 

The students were simply blown away by Aaron's story. He is an inspirational speaker who the students could relate to and who relates his story superbly well to their lives. The buzz after meeting him was palpable for all and has continued since. I often hear students talking about him and how he inspired them to overcome adversity or achieve what they want in their lives.

Superb


Miss S Marshall
Assistant Headteacher
Devizes School

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Best day ever at school

 

Aaron came for a day of Sky sports activities to our school, we are a SEN school and as such your students are different from mainstream. Aaron was excellent he engaged with all the students and had them all participating in wheel chair rugby. All the students said it was the best day ever at school, and now have a different view of what disabled sport is all about.

Gail Newman
Lord Wilson School

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Everybody told me how fantastic you were

 

Everybody told me how fantastic you were. Each and every member of staff said what a genuinely lovely bloke you were, as well as how inspirational you were for our children. Thank you!


In particular I wanted to thank you for the time you spent with ______. Everyone at Anton loves _______ and we were delighted when his parents chose our school when they wanted to move him last year. Yesterday meeting you meant so much to ______, and all the staff said that they had never seen him so excited and animated. I understand you are trying to arrange an extra special treat for _______ - again thank you!

Tom Donohoe
Head Teacher
Anton Junior School

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Thank you so much

 

Just wanted to say thank you so much for your visit on Thursday. The kids learnt a lot and all seemed to enjoy the sessions- the Yr 5 staff commented on how good the session was.

 

Kind Regards

Helen Jones
Medina School

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Another visit if possible


We would love to book you for another visit if possible - our children have been really inspired.

Regards

Kate

Kate Heffer Head Teacher St Mary's Primary School

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Still buzzing about meeting you


Thanks again for giving up your time and delivering an excellent assembly.

The ambassadors will be leading an assembly following their interview with you after half-term. They were still buzzing about meeting you when I spoke to them this week!

Good luck with all your endeavours this year.

Many thanks,
Andy Steels
Stoke Park School

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Watching the wheelchair rugby


I just wanted to drop you a quick email to let you
know that we took our kids to Olympic Park for a tour the other week
and the lady who was doing the tour asked the children which sport
they were most looking forward to watching in the Olympic or
Paralympic games. I was surprised that half the children on the tour
said they were most looking forward to watching the wheelchair rugby
(not football, hockey, rugby, gymnastics!) As the only time they have
seen wheelchair rugby is with you I thought you'd like to know what a
lasting impression you have had on our kids.

Please keep in touch, it would be lovely to have you back in after the
games, even just for an hour or so to share your experience in
assembly.

Thanks again and good luck!

Jodie
Anton Junior School


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Testimonials from Pupils



@ Oak Lodge "Assembly with Aaron was brilliant. Much better than normal assemblies. We should get more people in to speak as assemblies are normally boring!"


It was lovely to meet @AaronPhippsGBWR last night at my awards show :) thank you for the talk, and my award! :)


"Aaron I think you are a great person and I wish you good luck in the future. Thank for telling us this important information"

"The speech he gave us all was very inspirational and it also motivated me to work harder in school. It showed us that anyone can achieve anything if we work hard. Thank-you"

"I felt like your story was inspirational and emotional. It made me think about life and about my exams. It made me think about how people must be feeling when they go through this. Thank-you for sharing your story and your experiences. I wish you the best in life".

"Awesome speech, really inspirational. It has inspired me to do a job when I am older because in India some women are forced to be at home and not work but I am going to do what I believe is right"

" I think your speech was very inspirational for my life and my religion. I think you could also bring someone with you such as your parents or a member of your club to talk about you"

"I think that it was very inspirational and touching. You showed me that no matter how small the chances are, they can still lead to bigger goals. Also you can achieve things no matter what kind of issues you may have"

"I found this presentation very inspirational and I gained a new viewpoint on life. The story was fascinating"

"I think that Aaron Phipps was inspirational and I enjoyed his visit very much"

"Very inspirational. He taught me to make the most of life"

"Aaron Phipps was very inspirational. He told a very sad story that ended in happiness. He taught us to never give up whatever happens in life, whether it is something physical or anything else. Thank-you"

"It was very good and inspirational and he was also a very humorous guy"



Using his life experiences of surviving meningitis, playing elite sport, climbing mountains and having a successful professional career, Aaron is a fantastic motivator sharing his stories to inspire your team to be the best.


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Testimonials

 

 

 

The team have been raving about you!

 

 

I wanted to write to you to say thank you so much for coming to speak at the PwC Southampton AGM in September. The feedback from the day was that is was the best AGM we have ever had - and you played a huge role in this. You were candid, authentic and your style was warm and funny. You were truly inspirational! The team have been raving about you! Thank you so much!


Anna Blackman
PwC Partner

 

 

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An invisible force drove me out of my chair


Something very special happened in that room. That wasn’t a polite standing ovation. From my own perspective an invisible force drove me out of my chair. You were fantastic. Emotional honesty while cracking jokes is an unbeatable combination. It was a great conference and your presentation was the highlight.

Iain Machintosh
Director of PICU (paediatric intensive care unit)

Southampton University Hospitals

 

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you were the highlight of the entire event!


I am back at my desk for the first time properly since last week and what can I say - you stole the show! For me and many others you were the highlight of the entire event!

I wanted to e-mail to thank you for your significant contribution to our Conference this year. You had me and the rest of the audience captivated from start to finish and everyone left on such a high. The wheelchair racing seemed to go down well too.

Thank you so much for bringing our Conference to life.

Jenny Duffield
Expert Manager
Jacqueline Webb & Co Ltd


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I have no idea how we can top Aaron as our Key note speaker, for next year’s event.


CDG – WISE Ability would like to thank Aaron Phipps for his support at our Rewards and Recognition Event.

The Rewards and Recognition Event is about recognising the hard work, dedication and professionalism of the staff and employers that sits behind the fantastic achievements of our customers.

Aaron was the icing on the cake at the event, he was a true inspiration to the team. He gave everyone a greater understanding of the importance of team work in supporting people to reach their full potential.

Aaron was engaging, bringing a great sense of humour to the proceedings with an open and honest approach which put everyone at ease.

The team hasn’t stopped talking about Aaron’s presentation, what a great guy Aaron is and how he brought a whole new aspect to the celebration event.

I have no idea how we can top Aaron as our Key note speaker, for next year’s event, he is truly inspirational.


Linda Matthews
Work Choice Partnership Director
CDGwise Ability

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Don't think I've ever heard such great feedback about a conference speaker

 

@AaronPhippsGBWR don't think I've ever heard such great feedback about a conference speaker - thank you for a fantastic day! #cornwallpeconf


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Aaron was the star of the show


Every so often you can be lucky enough to come across someone truly inspirational and indeed meeting and listening to Aaron speak at our staff conference was one such occasion. Over 300 people listened in awe to Aaron’s amazing and compelling life story which he put over in such a humble and honest way. I have received so much positive feedback and there is no doubt that Aaron was the star of the show. As an organisation we are facing a difficult future which will challenge us and require us to adapt and change, Aaron put this all into perspective and helped us to believe that anything is possible.

Nick Tustian
Chief Executive,
Eastleigh Council

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I would recommend him as a motivational speaker for any event


Aaron is an accomplished speaker and I would recommend him as a motivational speaker for any event. He is very humble, entertaining and generated a good combination of laughs and empathy from our delegates on the day.

Stephen Trump
Partner
Clarke Willmott LLP

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Great Story, Brilliantly Told


After seeing Aaron’s presentation for the first time, I commissioned him to deliver it to our senior managers. It’s a great story, brilliantly told, which really raised the bar in inspiring and resonating with my department colleagues. Aaron’s story effortlessly tackled big transformational themes such as resilience, motivation, performance, seeking opportunities through change, teamwork, and work-life balance, in a way that standard tired PowerPoint presentations could never do.

Mike Bridgeman,
Head of Business Transformation,
Hampshire County Council

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Watch a room full of OT's be awe inspired


I asked Aaron to come and speak recently at our Occupational Therapy Conference. I wanted someone to inspire the OT's in the borough and encourage them all to see what they can achieve at work by being a little more creative. Aaron told us his life story (so far!) and his amazing achievements to date. It was truly amazing to watch a room full of OT's be awe inspired by Aaron who seemingly doesn't allow anything or anyone to stop him achieving his goals and having an impact on those around him. I have been told by staff since that they will never forget him. Thank you Aaron, our plan worked!"


Alexandra Hadaya
Head of Integrated Occupational Therapy Service,
Barts Health
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Spot on for what we were hoping to achieve


Just a quick note to say thank you again for delivering a super talk today for us. It was really inspiring and spot on for what we were hoping to achieve with these transformational events. It was great to see so many staff nodding in agreement when I said how much I felt we all had to take away, and how we can apply your valuable lessons about perseverance and working through challenges to be the best that we can be. Your informal style really made us all feel we were talking to you personally which made your story even more emotive.

Nicola Pritchard-Pink
Hampshire County Council,
Culture, Communities & Business Services
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Completely astounded

 

Aaron is so down to earth, approachable and utterly awe inspiring. Aaron attended Radian’s third Disability Conference with the aim of inspiring our disabled residents to take opportunities presented to them. Aaron certainly managed to inspire our residents and it was clear to see from expressions on residents’ faces that they were completely astounded to hear about Aaron’s many achievements despite being in a wheelchair.
Aaron is proof that when you believe you can do something and focus on achieving it, you can overcome personal challenges that you never thought were possible.
A true inspiration with a positive outlook on life.

Helen Humphries,
Community Development Officer,
Radian

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Children to senior executives

 

Aaron is an amazing communicator with an inspiring story. He can engage with people of all backgrounds, from children to senior executives. He is clear, honest, funny, and passionate. Throughout our time working together, he has helped us raise hundreds of thousands of pounds from corporate sponsors, and offered reassurance and inspiration to people whose lives have been dramatically changed by meningitis.

Mike Taylor,
Head of Operations,
Meningitis Research Foundation.

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Engaging, funny and inspiring



Aaron is an engaging, funny and inspiring speaker. He was kind enough to pass on his knowledge and expertise in public speaking to younger members of the Hampshire Talented Athlete Scheme, giving them the skills and confidence to talk about their own sporting careers.


Nicola Wright
Sports Development Officer
Sport Hampshire & IOW

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BOUNDLESS energy, enthusiasm and exceptional people skills



I was first inspired by Aaron when I had the honour of supporting him at the Paralympic Games in 2012. A short while later I had the great pleasure of ‘working’ with him on a ‘One Day’ fundraising event at Deutsche Bank. Aaron’s BOUNDLESS energy, enthusiasm and exceptional people skills were embraced by everyone he met that day and it was a privilege to be alongside him. As part of a wider team that day we raised over £640,000 (AROUND £250,000 OF WHICH,IT WAS ESTIMATED, AARON RAISED INDIVIDUALLY!!!) Aaron kindly agreed to speak via Skype at a further fundraising event for MRF organised by my sister who is a fellow Ambassador and once again the audience were left in no doubt that they had experienced something very special. I can genuinely say that Aaron is one of the most inspirational and down-to-earth people I have ever had both the pleasure and honour of meeting.” Julie Tucker, Ambassador London Region, Meningitis Research Foundation

Julie Tucker,
Ambassador London Region,
Meningitis Research Foundation

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Pleasure to work with


I have worked with Aaron on a variety of video programmes and he has always inspired our viewers whilst working brilliantly with our crew. He was a studio guest for a studio series called Scene South TV and was interviewed about his involvement in the 2012 Paralympics as well as his personal story and goals. We also recorded a short documentary about Aaron and his story and he was a pleasure to work with throughout this production. I have recently been in contact with Aaron about recording another interview with him for a different project. Aaron is very professional and an inspiring person to work with

Zoe Beresford
Freelance Assistant Producer.

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A very hard act to follow!!


Your presentation at our annual School Administrators Conference was extremely well received, being highly inspiring, motivational and informative. Your natural style of delivery conveyed the facts, your achievements, hopes and dreams, combining practical detail with heartfelt emotion, taking us all with you on the ride of your life.

A very hard act to follow!!

Lynn Frost
Financial Services Officer
Hampshire County Council

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Unstoppable personality

Aaron is an inspirational speaker, paralympic athlete , Charity Ambassador and role model for children who have undergone amputations as a result of meningitis and septicaemia. His experience, drive and passion makes him the unstoppable personality he is. Last year at Meningitis Research Foundation Childhood Amputee Day “Pushing the Boundaries” Aaron was clearly a star to everyone he met

Shirley Gieron
Head of Membership and Support
Meningitis Research Foundation

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Louka Travlos ‏@Stav23ros 
What better way to celebrate #NationalStressAwarenessDay than with #paralympian @AaronPhippsGBWR @JustGiving: "setbacks are opportunities!"


@JoeTaylor04 Anyone looking for a motivational speaker @AaronPhippsGBWR is your man. An incredible story @ParalympicsGB #inspire

James Campbell ‏@campbell7820

@AaronPhippsGBWR Hi Aaron. Bit late but thanks for your talk on Tuesday. Very inspirational and amazing story #Awesome











  
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