10 Questions with … Matthew Phillips

10 Questions with … Matthew Phillips
World Champion & GB Paraclimbing team member

Thank you to Matthew for letting us interview him at Oakwood Climbing Centre.

Who you are and what do you do?

I’m Matthew Phillips and I’m a GB paraclimber.

What was your first climbing experience?

My first real climbing experience was the paraclimbing national series at The Castle Climbing in London. That was the first time I took climbing seriously; I’d done a few parties before that, but I’d not really call that experience.

How did you know that climbing was your thing?

I came 2nd in this comp; so that’s pretty good. I thought I’d give it a go, always been a sporty person so it seemed to click.

Where is your favourite outdoor climb?

Flying Buttress Direct up in the Peak District; an absolute classic. I’ve seconded it and it got rained off so I need to go back for the lead soon.

What has been your proudest climbing moment?

I think my proudest moment, the world championships. Obviously winning on that stage, in front of that audience was yeah, a pretty proud moment for sure.

What are your ambitions?

I’ve peaked too early most people say [laughs] but I’m looking at getting into the Paralympics, hopefully soon. That’s obviously the next step up and that’s always the goal, a Paralympic medal. That’d be the ambition for sure.

Lead, Speed or Boulder and Why?

Bouldering probably. I like to be pretty dynamic. Yeah I’m not very fast, I tried it before and didn’t go very well.

What are your most liked and hated healthy foods?

I like almonds, are they healthy? Yeah they’re healthy. Yeah I like almonds. I don’t eat that much healthy food [laughs]. Most hated healthy snack, bananas.

If not climbing, what sport would you be doing?

Sport? Flips. It’s a combination of gymnastics, martial arts and just movement really. It’s all about movement really. I do enjoy my flips a bit. [laughs]

Give us an inspiring quote (either yours or someone else’s).

” When you’re old all you have left are stories, so make them good ones.”

For more information about Matthew check out his website, Instagram or Facebook.

Interviewed by Rose

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