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Chamber webinar to hear from wheelchair rugby star

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Aaron Phipps - image courtesy of Megumi Masuda


Great Britain wheelchair rugby athlete and Paralympian Aaron Phipps will be addressing members of Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce in a motivational webinar.

Aaron will be discussing the hardships he has faced over the years whilst trying to reach his dreams of becoming an international sportsperson.

The webinar – which runs from 10am until 11am on Wednesday, October 14 – will provide insight into his story and how he found the courage to become the person he didn’t know he had the strength to become.

Today, Aaron is listed as one of the top 100 most influential people in the UK with a disability, works across the UK with young people to help them achieve their goals and is a commentator for Living for Sport and Athlete Mentor.

However, this is long way from where he started, when at 15 he had both of his legs and most of his fingers amputated due to blood poisoning from meningitis.

Aaron commented: “Having faced so much anguish and setback early in my life, I didn’t want it to ever detract me or hold me back from achieving the personal goals I set for myself.

"Over the years I’ve learnt a lot, and the motivation and drive needed to be a success in any field, whether its sports or business.

“My sporting journey began after I completed in a 10km fundraising wheelchair race for the Meningitis Research Foundation, which then led me wheelchair racing in two London Marathons.

“Later, I was asked to join the GB Wheelchair Rugby squad and subsequently selected for the 2012 London Paralympic Games. It has been fantastic to be able to participate in so many sporting activities including being part of the GB squad.”

Gavin Spencer, head of membership at the Chamber, said: “It is fantastic to have Aaron on board to present his webinar and get insight into his life. It’s set to be a truly engaging and inspirational discussion, that will engage the audience.”

To book onto the session, which is free to attend, visit www.thamesvalleychamber.co.uk/event-details/blood-sweat-and-wheelchairs/46461/

Aaron Phipps - image courtesy of Megumi Masuda