Ottobock ambassador

David Phillips

In 1996, at the age of 30, he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis which affects his right side of the body resulting in foot drop and poor core strength and balance.

Returning to archery meant satisfaction for him and his family

David Phillips competed in his late teens in archery and represented Wales in several competitions. He stopped doing sports when career and family came into focus. The diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis, when he was 30 resulted in an early retirement of his job. He became dissatisfied with his life - until his wife persuaded him to try archery once again. So he returned to archery in 2013, three decades after he stopped competing.

At the age of 47, he joined the Great Britain Para Team in 2014 winning the gold and the silver medal at the European Para Games in Switzerland.

Generation 50plus does not stop him from aiming for a medal

He then qualified for the Paralympic Games in Rio in 2016 and he placed 5th with the in the archery compound mixed team open.

Now he is aiming for the Paralympic Games in Tokyo and his goal is to win a medal.

Key facts

  • Nation: Great Britain
  • Year of birth: 1966
  • Sport: Para Archery
  • Classification: Open standing
  • Coach: Charlotte Burgess
  • Club: Llantarnam Archery Club

Victories and achievements

  • Paralympic Games Rio 2016:
    • 5th place in "compound mixed team open"
  • Archery Great Britain's National Tour Finals 2018 (able-bodied):
    • 6th place individual