Bio

Bio

Aaron Phipps was born on 7th April 1983 and lived with his mum, dad, and little sister Leah. Growing up to enjoy rollerblading, skateboarding, BMX riding and basketball, he had a normal childhood, That was until he was 15…

On 7th January 1999, Aaron woke up with flu-like symptoms. They seemed harmless, but 12 hours later, he was on a life-support machine.

Aaron had contracted Meningitis C which quickly got worse and he developed blood poisoning, called Meningococcal sepsis.

Doctors, along with his parents, took the decision to place Aaron into an induced coma which lasted for two weeks.

It became clear that he had to have both legs amputated from the knee down, along with parts of most of his fingers.

In total, he spent a year in hospital recovering and receiving treatment.

Not many would be able to turn that into something positive…

...but Aaron did

Eight months after leaving hospital, he went to college to study for A-levels and get his life back to ‘normal’.

In 2007, he took part in a 10km wheelchair race to raise funds for the Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) – the charity that supported him and his family when he became ill.

Having got the taste for wheelchair racing, Aaron did the Adidas half-marathon at Silverstone then competed in his first London Marathon in 2008. He did the London Marathon again in 2009 where finished in less than two hours, making him the 4th fastest UK male.

Also in 2008, he discovered wheelchair rugby.

While working full-time as a tutor at Hampshire County Council, Aaron trained hard to be selected for the 2012 London Paralympic Games. In 2011, he spent 10 weeks at an intensive training camp in Florida.

He is classified as a 3.5 player, meaning that he has trunk function, therefore is very stable in his wheelchair and able to use his trunk for ball and chair skills

At the 2012 Games, Team GB’s wheelchair rugby team came 5th. Aaron was top goal-scorer, achieving more than half the team’s points.

After a five-year break from wheelchair rugby to be with his family, Aaron returned for the rescheduled Tokyo Paralympic Games in 2021, where the team won a historic Gold medal.

He lives in Totton (near Southampton) with his wife Vicky and daughters, Ella and Chloe.

Having battled back from the setbacks he received over the years, he now also provides motivational speaking to professional organisations, businesses, and all educational settings.

Interview with BBC Radio Solent June 2021

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