Born in Scotland, Paul was an accomplished freestyle and butterfly swimmer in his own right and represented Scotland in his youth. He was one of the first people in the UK to take a Sports Science degree, qualifying from Crewe and Alsager University (now part of Manchester Metropolitan University) before gaining a post-graduate degree in Coaching from Edinburgh. After coaching swimming in the South of England for a short time, he moved to Northern Ireland to take up a post at the NI Sports Council as the Swimming Development Officer. It was here he met and married his wife Barbara (nee: Fair) and had two sons, Scott and Rory. After 4 years in the Sport Council and working with the Ulster Development Swimming Squad, he took up a full-time coaching post with Bangor SC where he has remained until now. During his first stint in Bangor, the club has produced 87 Ulster Team swimmers, 9 Commonwealth Games swimmers and 1 Olympic athlete, along with many National and International swimmers and Ulster and Irish titles and records. After a few years Paul returned from Australia to Bangor. His magic touch hasn’t left him, and the 2016-17 season has seen the club produce multiple national records and be represented at European and International level, including medal places in the World Juniors and Junior Commonwealth Games. Paul has been awarded Performance Coach of the Year 2016-17 from Swim Ulster for his outstanding contribution to swimming.