Phillippe has competed in four Paralympics, winning six medals. His first games were in Seoul in 1988 Summer Paralympics where he competed in the 400m and 5000m as well as winning bronze in both the 800m and 1500m and a silver in the marathon. The 1992 Summer Paralympics proved unsuccessful as despite competing in six events ranging in distance from 400m to marathon he did not win a medal. At the 1994 Los Angeles Marathon, Couprie and fellow Australian wheelchair racerPaul Wiggins made a pact that they would finish together, thus causing the first dead heat in the history of the competition. In 1996 in Atlanta he did win medals, a bronze in the 1500m and a gold a part of the French 4 × 400 m relay team as well as competing in the 5000m, 10000m and marathon. In 2000 he helped the French defend the relay gold medal as well as competing in the 400m, 800m, 1500m and marathon.