Local Paralympian rolling his way to the top.


2012 Paralympian, Aaron Phipps, is taking on some exceptional challenges this year and we are fortunate enough to have him train in our own gym.

7After contracting Meningitis C at just 15 years old Aaron’s life changed forever. In just 12 hours he went from having fluey symptoms to being on a life support machine. Sadly, he lost both of his legs below the knees and some of his finger tips due to blood poisoning. However, Aaron was determined to not let it stop him in whatever he wanted to do in life.

We couldn’t help feeling all warm inside when Aaron told us that after his illness he attended circuit classes at Totton Health and Leisure and it was here where he learnt to swim again giving him hope of living the sporty life he had imagined.

This year Aaron has already taken part in the IMG_6218Silverstone Half Marathon, the London full Marathon and is currently in training to climb Mount Kilimanjaro this month!

Aaron said “the challenge of Kilimanjaro hit me when London was hard and I realised that this was basically just a warm up for what was to come!” He hopes to reach the top of the mountain in 7-8 day in his specialist wheelchair.

Aaron has already raised over £15,000 for the Meningitis Research Foundation & Shaw Trust and hopes to raise £4,000 more to reach his target of £20,000.
9We couldn’t be more proud to accommodate such an inspiration in our centre, we are all rooting for you Aaron, send us a selfie when you reach the top!

 A full interview with Aaron will be in our next edition of Inspire. For up-to-date pictures and vlogs on Aaron’s Kilimanjaro mission visit our twitter page. To donate to Aaron’s Just Giving page click here.

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