High Performance Coach
On The Water
Rio Olympiad 2013 – 2016
The men’s quad steadily improved after Paul took responsibility for the project in 2013, winning bronze and silver respectively in the 2013 and 2014 World Championships. The quad finished 4th at the 2015 World Championships in Aiguebelette, just 1 second outside the medals in an encouraging end to a season hampered by illness and injury.
Although crew combinations have varied, the core of Graeme Thomas, Sam Townsend, Charles Cousins and Peter Lambert remained consistent until 2016 when Charles sadly withdrew from the programme following a back injury. Youngster Angus Groom stepped up to take the empty spot and this line-up was selected to race in Rio. Sadly Graeme Thomas was taken ill with a virus on his first day in Rio and was unable to race, so Jack Beaumont was flown out to take his place. Despite such difficult circumstances, the crew finished a very respectable 5th.
Prior to joining the GB Rowing Team, Paul was a Start coach in Bath, and is very proud of the 5 Bath Start athletes who rowed for GB at the London 2012 Olympic Games. He was rewarded for his hard work and commitment to the sport by winning Performance Development Coach of 2012 at the Sportcoach UK Coaching Awards, and was also recognised by the Nick Broad Award for Emerging Talent for his work in the GBRT Start Programme, identifying and developing Helen Glover and Heather Stanning which led to them winning the first women’s Olympic gold medal in London.
Paul started rowing as a youngster at Hampton School after a teacher suggested he give it a go. Almost immediately, he was hooked, and the school rugby, football and cricket he had been playing took a backseat.
Beyond the Boat
A keen gardener, Paul also enjoys shooting, DIY and spending time with his wife and two daughters. If marooned on a desert island, he says he would take with him a multitool, a water filtration unit, and a means of escape!
Paul is Lottery funded through UK Sport.