Dave Phillipson

Dave Phillipson

Athlete Information

  • Region

    Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire

  • Date of Birth


  • Classification

    KL2 & VL3

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Dave will be set to compete at his fourth Paralympic Games in Tokyo, but his first in canoe after transitioning from wheelchair tennis in April 2017.

Previously the no.1 ranked wheelchair tennis player in Great Britain, breaking the 14-year reign of four-time Paralympian Jayant Mistry, Career highlights also include his Paralympic debut at the Games in Beijing, as well as competing at both London 2012 and Rio 2016.

Phillipson has made a strong start to his international racing in paracanoe and has three medals to his name after three seasons in the sport.

Phillipson’s most recent achievement was bronze at the 2021 World Cup in Szeged, where Dave also qualified the men’s KL2 boat quota spot for Great Britain.

Dave became European Champion in the men’s VL3 200m race in Belgrade in his debut season of international racing and backed this up on the world stage shortly after, winning bronze at the 2018 World Cup in Szeged, Hungary.

Phillipson in wheelchair tennis action in Rio

Major Results (canoe)

2019 World Championships, Szeged, Hungary

  • KL2 200 metres: 10th

2019 European Championships, Poznan, Poland

  • KL2 200 metres: 5th

2018 World Championships, Mentomor-o-Velho, Portugal

  • VL3 200 metres: 4th
  • KL2 200 metres: 12th

2018 European Championships, Belgrade, Serbia

  • VL3 200 metres: Gold
  • KL2 200 metres: 7th

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