All things are possible! Gold Medal hero Paralympian who scaled one of the world’s highest mountains inspires pupils

By Jill Dando News 

A Gold Medal winning Paralympic Champion who has scaled Kilimanjaro on his hands and knees has inspired hundreds of pupils at a school.

The incredible Aaron Phipps visited St Anne’s Church Academy, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset to tell them that anything really is possible.

Aaron Phipps with pupils

He did his powerful talks and then answered super questions put to him by the pupils.

Not only did Aaron win a Gold Medal, he became the first disabled person to scale the 6000 metre Mount Kilimanjaro unassisted after four hard days of crawling almost entirely on his hands and knees.

His talks were a message of perseverance and determination, energy and endurance.

Charlotte Bradley of St Anne’s said: “What an incredible morning! A huge thank you Aaron. 

“You’ve truly inspired us to set goals, get organised, ask for help and work hard! Anything is possible with the right mindset.”


In 2021, at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, Aaron and his teammates won the first ever Gold Medal for Paralympics GB in a team sport event.

Aaron made his Paralympics debut in the famous London 2012 games, where GB Wheelchair Rugby finished in fifth place. 

He then took some time away from the sport to focus on his family; after which he was asked to trial for the squad leading up to Tokyo 2020.

He was selected for the squad and played an integral part in bringing home the Gold.

After 3 years of hard training, wheelchair customisation, and a trial climb of Mt. Blanc, the climb began in May 2016 for the Meningitis Research Foundation.

After four hard days of crawling almost entirely on his hands and knees, he made the 6000 metre climb to the top.

St Anne’s Church Academy is a high achieving and happy caring school.

It is the first school in North Somerset to receive the highly prized Social Media School Award.

It is part of The Priory Learning Trust and has a Jill Dando News Centre to cover positive stories from the school, community and the world. 

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