4 MARCH - 13 MARCH 2022 (UTC)

28 August - 8 Sept 2024 (FST)

Name Jacob Phillips
Sport Para athletics
Date of Birth
19 October 1996
Coach Brent Ward / Alan McDonald
Resides Dunedin
Occupation Student
Classification T35
Impairment (Disability)
Hypertonia (Cerebral Palsy)
Paralympian # 202 - Rio 2016

Major International Results
2016 Rio Paralympic Games 8th – Men’s 100m T35
8th – Men’s 200m T35
2016 Australian Track and Field Championships  Men's 100m T35 - 14.05 sec (personal best)
Men's 200m T35 - 28.98 sec (personal best)

World Rankings (as at 1 August 2016)
Men's 100m T35 11
Men's 200m T35 13


Jacob Phillips has always had a passion for sport from a very young age. It was not until he was identified by Paralympics New Zealand as one that could succeed in Para athletics that Jacob decided to focus his efforts on this single sport.

Jacob felt he had potential that could go all the way when he competed at the New Zealand Secondary School Championships in Wellington in 2010 winning a gold in the 100m, 200m and the 400m, silver in the 200m. 

Jacob has a real passion for inspiring other young Para athletes and has been a youth ambassador for Parafed Waikato, assisting a young group of disabled athletes at the Junior Disability Games. More recently however he has been a member of the Waikato Pathway to Podium hub and was reselected this year for the programme into the Otago hub. Pathway to Podium provides support and services to up and coming athletes. 

Jacob is currently studying a Bachelor of Physical Education at the University of Otago. He believes this will help add to his sporting knowledge, subsequently provide benefits to his Para athletics career as he gains a better understanding of the principles involved with sprinting.

What makes Jacob even more remarkable is the fact that he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2015 and as a result of this Jacob put his Para athletics career on hold, and missed out on the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha. Testament to both his mental and physical strength he is now back stronger than ever and made his Paralympic debut at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. He was part of  the New Zealand Paralympic Team that won a stunning 21 medals across 12 individual medallists in 2016 (9 gold, 5 silver and 7 bronze). The Team finished first in the world per capita and 13th in the world overall (previous best: 16th).


Key international events include:


About Jacob

Classification means...

F and T?
Letter = the prefix represents F (field) and T (track and long jump).

T32-38 and F31-38
Number = represents a sport class. The 30s sport classes are allocated to Para athletes with athetosis, ataxia and/or hypertonia. The impairments typically affect the ability to control legs, trunk, arms and hands. The lower the number is, the more significant the activity limitation.

Para athletes in sport classes 31-34 compete in a seated position, eg, in wheelchair racing or using a throwing chair. In contrast, Para athletes in sport classes 35-38 show a better function in their legs and better trunk control and therefore compete standing, eg, in running events, long jump or throwing events.

Classification Means...

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