I am 48 years old and have been using a wheelchair for over 28 years. In the summer of 1989 I had a diving accident that left me a Tetraplegic
I was an apprentice Sheet Metal Engineer as well as a Territorial Soldier with the Royal New Zealand Corps of Engineers, 1st Field Squadron. I was also involved with Scouts achieving the Queens Scout Award and Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award. After my accident, I retrained as a Computer Aided Designer achieving a Certificate in CAD Design from City and Guilds of London and held full-time employment for eight years designing playgrounds for McDonald’s Restaurants.
I was introduced to Mouth Painting by current and Full Member, Grant Sharman. After submitting a series of paintings, I was awarded a Student Scholarship with the Association of Mouth and Foot Painting Artists.
I had the privilege of working with the New Zealand Army on an initiative called “Art in Recovery”. The initiative was open to serving personnel, ex-serving personnel and the family and friends of those personnel, to express their feelings or thoughts through art. I assisted with arranging display cases setup of the artworks one of the barracks at the Burnham Army Base. As well as my painting, I have been involved in many sports and activities. I competed in the Paralympic Sport of Target Shooting for 12 years, representing New Zealand at at two World Championships, numerous World Cups and various International Competitions, as well as Regional and National Championships. I had an opportunity to be selected for a New Zealand Defence Force Team to compete and represent New Zealand at the 2018 Invictus Games in Sydney. I competed in the sport of Archery. Other sports and activities I have participated in, include Adapted Snow Skiing, Rafting, Kayaking, Blow-Karting, Gliding, Abseiling, Hand Biking some of the Otago Rail Trail and Wheelchair Rugby.
Most of my immediate family live in the South Island of New Zealand.
I have aspirations to take my Archery further with National and International Championships, as well as representing New Zealand at the 2020 Invictus Games in the Netherlands.
© Grant Philip 2024