VX Patrons

Phil Sheridan


Philip Sheridan

Philip speaks and lectures on the lived experience of surviving significant trauma, recovery and rehabilitation, works as a simulated patient for the University of Leeds Institute of Medical Education and offers consultation to clinicians on affective communication with patients.

He published his first collection of poetry, ‘Heart on the Mountain’, as an Ebook to good reviews in 2012 and as a paperback in 2013. When not engaged in speaking or his work with the University of Leeds Philip runs a fly fishing guide service from his base in Yorkshire.

Phil - VX

Message from Philip on VX

“I survived a near fatal road accident in 2002. Despite the devastation of my injuries including the amputation of my right leg below the knee I worked hard to return to the active lifestyle I enjoyed. Martial arts, soccer, climbing, trail running, and fly fishing, each has enabled and sustained my recovery. 

In December 2013 I came across VX at an event hosted by Leeds Trinity University. At the invitation of Dr Paul Hildreth and Helen Mackenzie I took the opportunity to give it a go. Fast paced, fun and dynamic. VX places a strong emphasis on fair play, inclusivity and respect, core values we can all aspire to. 

I recognised the potential of VX to develop physical balance, proprioception and coordination and offer a mentally engaging workout that enables social participation, develops communication skills and boosts self-esteem. 

As a global sport with an aim for inclusion to the Olympic Games I am very happy to offer my support and I am honoured to become a patron of VX. “

Philip Sheridan

Phil Links:

Twitter: @madeofbeauty

FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/phil.sheridan.777

Web: www.philip-sheridan.com

Phil’s book: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Heart-Mountain-Philip-Sheridan/dp/1291619097

Dame Sylvia Grice


Sylvia Grice MBE - VX Patron

Sylvia is a legend! She lives in Ripon in North Yorkshire and we don’t think there is anyone in Ripon that she didn’t teach to swim – she even taught Olympic gold medallist Jack Laugher. For her services to the community she was awarded the MBE. Sylvia has always been very supportive of VX and we are always delighted when she is able to be one of our Guests of Honour at an event.

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