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PHILLIPS Jacob
Sport Para athletics
NPC New Zealand   
GenderMen
Age24
Place of BirthHamilton, NZL
Height1.83 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T35, F35
Further Personal Information
Languages
English
Higher education
Physical Education, Sport Management - University of Otago: Dunedin, NZL
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began training seriously for athletics at age 15 in Hamilton, New Zealand.
Why this sport?
"After winning a race at [New Zealand children's Para sport event] the Independence Games as a 13-year-old, I was approached by a couple of staff from Paralympics New Zealand who said I had potential and that I should apply for their talent ID programme. I started athletics, with the goal of proving to those who said I couldn't do anything wrong."
Senior International Debut
Year
2016
Competing for
New Zealand
Tournament
Paralympic Games
Location
Rio de Janeiro, BRA
General Interest
Hobbies
Outdoor activities, spending time with friends and family. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Being selected for the New Zealand Paralympic team. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
New Zealand Para athlete William Stedman. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
"I tuck my laces into my spikes before I race." (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If you're going to do something, do it right." (nzherald.co.nz, 20 Apr 2017)
Impairment
He has cerebral palsy, which predominantly affects his legs. (stuff.co.nz, 24 Jun 2014; athletics.org.nz, 25 Sep 2013)
Other information
ILLNESS
In February 2015 he was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma. Following eight bouts of chemotherapy and 15 sessions of radiation therapy over a period of three months, he resumed training in August 2015 after being declared cancer free. "It was harder having to stop athletics and go through the treatment than coming back to athletics. I've been very lucky and it didn't knock me around too much. I was able to finish treatment and then have a couple of weeks off then get back into training. I was always quite determined to succeed, that was always my character in a sense, but it's put a different perspective on life as a whole." (Facebook profile, 31 Aug 2015; stuff.co.nz, 07 Jul 2016)

CHARITY WORK
He has served as a youth ambassador for New Zealand non-profit Para sport organisation Parafed Waikato. "I would love to be in a position in the future where I am able to use my experiences to give back to the future Paralympic athletes so they too can have the opportunities I did." (Facebook profile, 13 Jul 2016; Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
8 2016 100m T35 14.14
8 2016 200m T35 29.10
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
6 2019 200m T35 29.30
9 2019 100m T35 13.56