About Me

Matthew is a member of the GB ParaClimbing Team 2017 and has been a member of the team for 2 years.. He was born missing his right arm below the elbow, however, this has never held him back. He had never climbed seriously before April 2014, except for the odd taster session or birthday party, He entered his first ParaClimbing competition in 2013 where he finished in the top five despite no formal training. In 2014 he entered two national climbing competitions. He decided in April 2014 to start formal training, setting an objective for himself to get on the podium in the National ParaClimbing Series . He commenced training with professional performance coach, Robin O’Leary in April 2014. In November 2014 he entered the Scottish ParaClimbing Competition and took the Bronze medal beating 29 other competitors, mostly all of whom were significantly older and bigger than him. He has gone on to be one of the UK’s top Paraclimber and has also won a number of Gold and Silver International Medals.

Matthew’s Coach Robin O’Leary states “The future is incredibly bright for Matt – with the Olympics in Tokyo 2020 and hopefully in the Paralympics, his name is going to be a household one for sure! I love coaching Matt more than any words can describe. His enthusiasm and passion for the sport matches mine and his willingness to try inspires me daily.”


May 7th, 2016 by Matthew Phillips