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Aaron Phipps inspires the Lower School

Monday, 18 November 2019

Last week we were pleased to welcome British Paralympian, Aaron Phipps, to give a talk to pupils about his life and his phenomenal endurance and perseverance.

His staggering story began when he was diagnosed with a severe case of meningitis when he was fifteen and had to be put on life support machines. However, when he received the news that he would live (he would only be able to live if the surgeons removed his lower legs and some of his fingers) he did not mourn the loss of his limbs, he sought the positives from the situation and continued with his passions and found new ones too, like wheelchair rugby.

A talent scout saw Aaron playing Rugby and, upon seeing his skill, recruited him to the Great Britain wheelchair rugby squad. Within the team, he competed at international levels, including the Paralympics in 2012, and was undefeated until a match against the United States of America, in which his team sadly lost 56 points to 44.

Aside from wheelchair rugby tournaments, he became the first man to climb Kilimanjaro in a wheelchair. Aaron inspired everyone in the room that day to be resilient as possible and make the most of everything life may throw at you. 

Thank you to Aaron for giving such an inspiring and thought-provoking talk. 

Aaron inspired everyone in the room that day to be resilient as possible and make the most of everything life may throw at you. 
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