Ollie Phillips Explorer Series Talk
Monday 24th February 6:01pm - 8:31pm
Mr Fogg's Residence
Our second Explorer Series talk of 2020 sees us welcome acclaimed rugby player turned globe-trotting adventurer Ollie Phillips (4 times Guinness World Record holder) take to the stage. Voted the ‘Best Seven’s Player in the World’ in 2009, Ollie has had a distinguished rugby career that spanned 14 years. England Captain from 2008 -2010, he was a triumphant leader and mentor to his teammates and played in three Seven’s World Cup tournaments.
Following retirement from rugby, Ollie threw himself into a mammoth challenge, the ‘Clipper Round the World Yacht Race’ after being persuaded by legendary sailor Sir Robin Knox-Johnston. Ollie was a complete newcomer to sailing but it was his determination and team spirit that pushed him through and saw him and his Great Britain teammates come 2nd overall in this gruelling race.
With a taste for adventure, Ollie seized his next opportunity to take on a completely fresh challenge and head to the North Pole for the ‘Arctic Rugby Challenge’ where his previous skills of leadership and teamwork came into play. He completed a 100-mile trek across the Arctic in -40 degrees centigrade temperatures to reach the Magnetic North Pole where he hosted the ‘Most Northerly Rugby Match’, gaining his 1st the Guinness World Record. The challenge was all in aid of the children’s rugby charity, Wooden Spoon, for which £350,000 was raised from the expedition. He has also summited Kilimanjaro, Cycled across America (as part of a RAAM ‘Race Across America’ team), driven a Rickshaw across India as well as much more.
In 2019 traveled to Everest achieving his 2nd & 3rd Guinness World Records for the highest games of ‘mixed touch’ (5,200m) & ‘full contact’ (6,331m) rugby ever recorded in history as part of the LMAX Exchange Everest Rugby Challenge, raising so far over £320k for charity. His leadership skills and driving a resilient mindset in others was key to the team’s success.