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Guildford teenager wins paraclimbing world championship

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Guildford teenager wins paraclimbing world championship

Published at 6:47pm 29th September 2018. (Updated at 6:48pm 29th September 2018)

A 17-year-old from Guildford placed first in the Paraclimbing World Championships, representing team GB.

Matthew Phillips was born without his right arm below the elbow - he's the youngest member of the Great Britain paraclimbing team. 

Competing in the World Climbing Championships in Austria earlier this month, he won the title of world paraclimbing champion. 

He gained a perfect score in front of thousands of spectators.

On his win, Matthew said “Winning this title means everything to me, it’s the pinnacle of sporting achievements, to be a World Champion".

Matthew trains at the Oakwood Climbing Centre in Wokingham with GB paraclimbing team coach Robin O'Leary, he said: “It gives me so much joy to see Matt develop as an adult, and climber and that he can now say he is the outright Champion of the World” 


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