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Hearing the voices of disabled sports people

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Event Date: 7 December 2017

Time: 14:00-15:00

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Hear Aaron and Martin speak about their own experiences of sport and disability as part of Disability History Month 2017.


Aaron will talk about his experiences of becoming a wheelchair user after contracting Meningitis C and Meningococcal Septicaemia, (blood poisoning), which resulted in him having both of his legs, and most of his fingers, amputated due to the septicaemia. As part of this event Aaron will talk about his experiences of undertaking wheechair racing and being part of the GB Wheelchair Rugby squad. He will also share his experiences of taking part in the London 2012 Paralympics and finish with the ultimate challenge of climbing Mount Kilmanjaro.


Martin will share his experiences of living with Cerebal Palsy and using a wheelchair for 7 years after he dislocated his hip whilst going down a slide aged 15. He will also talk about being invited for a trial for the England CP team, taking part in the Paralympics 2012 with his brother and being inducted to the Hall of Fame (National Football museum). Martin will conclude his talk about sharing his current role as the Saintsability Development Officer for Saints Foundation and Saints4all project.


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Aaron Phipps, a former Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby player and London 2012 Paralympic athlete
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. 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.

Martin Sinclar, Saintsability Development Officer at the Saints Foundation

Martin used to play for England Cerebral Palsy and was in the Great Britain squad for the Paralympics in London 2012. Martin and his brother (Scott Sinclair) made history by becoming the first brothers to represent any nation in the Olympic and Paralympic Games in the same year. After representing his country and getting 50 England caps, Martin retired from the game in 2015 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame at the national football museum in 2016.

Martin is now a Saintsability Development Officer at the Saints Foundation and my role is looking at opportunities for talented players to play elite disability football. His time is spent focusing on inspiring the next generation and turning their potential into excellence to go onto the England Disability Talent Pathway.



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