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David Phillipson

David Phillipson

Paracanoe - Academy

2018 European Champion Dave Phillipson took on his fourth Paralympics and first in paracanoe at the Tokyo 2020 Games, coming 7th in the men's KL2 event. 

Dave 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 in the sport. 

2022 was an incredibly strong season for Dave, coming away with a hard thought KL2 200m silver at the World Championships in Halifax, before backing that up with bronze at the multi-sport European Championships in Munich.

Earlier in the 2021 season, Dave put down a fantastic World Cup display to take home a bronze medal in Szeged.

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.

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.


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


Paralympics: Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games
Coach: Matt Lawrence
Lottery Funding: UK Sport Academy Programme


Year Olympic Games World Championships European Championships World Cups National/Other
2023 WC1 Szeged:
KL2 200m - 5th
2022 Halifax:
KL2 200m - SILVER
KL2 200m - BRONZE
2021 Tokyo:
KL2 200m - 7th
KL2 200m - 5th
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