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David Phillipson

David Phillipson

Paracanoe - Podium Potential

Joining the podium potential programme late in 2017, Dave Phillipson has made a strong start to his international racing in paracanoe and has two medals to his name after two seasons in the sport. 

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 and narrowly missing out on a podium place at the World Championships in Portugal, finishing in fourth place.

Phillipson made the switch to paracanoe from wheelchair tennis, where he become the number 1 ranked player for Great Britain in 2008 and subsequently competed at three consecutive Paralympic Games in Beijing, London and Rio. 

Before making the switch, canoeing wasn't completely new to Dave as had paddled recreationally in the past and was always a fan of water sports.

Dave will contest the KL2 event at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.


Date of Birth: 1989
Lives: Nottinghamshire
Height / Weight: 1.49m / 80kg
Hobbies: Cars, modifications, car shows and socialising with friends


Lottery Funding: UK Sport Podium Programme


Year Olympic Games World Championships European Championships World Cups National/Other
2021 WC1 Szeged:
KL2 200m - 3rd
2019 Szeged:
KL2 200m - 10th
KL2 200m - 5th
WC1 Poznan:
KL2 200m - 7th
2018 Montemar-o-Velho:
VL3 200m - 4th
KL2 200m - 12th
VL3 200m - 1st
KL2 200m - 7th
WC1 Szeged:
VL3 200m - 3rd