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Aaron Phipps talks to Old Grammar

Tuesday, 13 October 2020

At the end of September, Paralympian Aaron Phipps, gave a talk to Old Grammar (Year 6) all about achieving goals and not giving up. 

When he 15, Aaron was diagnosed with meningitis and after being in a coma for two weeks, learned that his legs and tips of fingers would have to be amputated and now uses a wheelchair. After taking part in a sponsored fun run he wanted to join to put his ability in his wheelchair to the test and eventually progressed to a marathon and then wheelchair rugby. He loved the sport and was eventually scouted for the GB team.

He trained alongside working a fulltime job and was chosen to play wheelchair rugby in the 2012 Paralympics.

He was later asked by the leader of a meningitis charity to climb Mount Kilimanjaro and was the first person to ever climb Kilimanjaro in a wheelchair without being carried. 

Aaron’s talk to Old Grammar was inspirational and he taught the pupils the power of trying new things and not giving up.  He left us with his tips for success: Set a goal, get organised, ask for help and work hard. 

Words to live by! A huge thanks to Aaron for coming in to speak to the pupils. 

Set a goal, get organised, ask for help and work hard. 
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