"Hi Paul, I hope you're having a great week. I'm just letting you know the kids achieved 7 gold, 9 silver, and 3 bronze (19 placings!) between them at Centre Champs. Considering that Mia didn't place in anything last season I feel this is a testament to the quality of coaching she's received from you over the past 11 months. She has qualified for 6 events at the states and we've chosen 5 to compete in, including the 100 & 800m sprints. Thank you so much for your efforts with the kids and we look forward to seeing you soon." - Holly Engel (February 2023)
Hi Paul, somewhat belated but I wanted to thank you for the work you did with Zahra this time last year. She had a great surf lifesaving season. She ended up state champion in the beach sprints, beach relay and bronze in beach flags. She also qualified for the state athletics team but opted to go to the surf lifesaving nationals (The Aussies) on the Gold Coast instead (on at the same time) and was crowned Australian champion in the U15 beach sprints, as was her younger sister in U13/14 beach relay. Zahra’s since been named Sorrento Surf Lifesaving Club (SSLSC) athlete of the carnival for the state champs, SSLSC athlete of the year and WA Surf Lifesaving youth athlete of the year. The technique fine-tuning and training ethos you gave her was instrumental in this success. Thanks so much. Cheers, Aran Buckley (October 2022).
My teenage son had five 1:1 coaching sessions with Paul before his school athletics season, working on jumps, throws and sprints. He had never had any athletics coaching outside of school before and ended up competing for his school in seven different events this season, with PB's in all events. Paul’s coaching was fantastic and my son gives Paul full credit for giving him the confidence and technique to be able to compete in so many different events. He absolutely loved his athletics this year and is looking forward to working with Paul again next athletics season. Paul’s training helped him to take higher marks in footy as well…. - Rhianon (September 2019)
After being injured for an extended period of time sometimes walking and running again can be difficult (and feel not the same). It is quite common to experience a loss of rhythm and change of technique (possibly an imbalance) due to complications of the injury. After only 4 sessions... "Hi Paul, Just wanted to let you know my teenage daughter smashed it today at her school carnival She won 1st place in the 60 metres, 1st place in the 200 metres and 1st place in the 400 metres. It's the fastest we have seen her run in a long while. Thank you for helping get her mojo back! See you next week : )" - Sam (August 2019)
Rogan⬆️: Arriving from South Africa in Dec 2018, Rogan started his first season of little athletics the following season. After just a couple of private sessions midway through the season, he began to show improvement in the sprints & hurdles. "Hi Paul, Just to let you know that Rogan won silver medal at state championships today in the U9 boys hurdles. He ran an amazing race and in 10 seconds flat, a new PB! Thank you for all your work with him. Now to start the training in a few weeks for next season. Thanks again". - Briony (March 2019). Watch the incredibly close finish of the championship race above!
Grace: (9yo) She did it Paul 🙂 4 metres in long and 7.81 in triple jump ♡ The biggest jump of the school 🙂 and first in javelin and shot pot too 🙂 Thanks 🙂 She is chuffed ha ha she did soooo well today ♡ and she has her eye firmly on champion girl again this year... Then inter school champion Ha ha #dreambig - Jade Vale.
Stan: (34yo) "Thanks Paul for today that was unreal I was pushing myself 95-100% on almost everything, it got me in the end but I could still run! You are a great coach, I will definitely recommend people your way and I will try to keep the sprinting fast sessions up. I only wish I had a coach like you when I was 16yo I would have loved to compete at nationals and run sub 11 seconds." (March 2018).
Kobe: (13yo) "Hi Paul, Thought I would let you know that Kobe got 3rd in 80m hurdles today, he beat his PB in the heat (13.35) and final (13.20). Thanks so much for your advice, it has worked wonders !!" - Tara Brown (March 2017). Kobe went on to win the silver medal in the 200m hurdles at nationals, finished 4th in the 80m hurdles and 5th in the long jump. "Thanks Paul, I couldn't have done so well and won the silver medal without your help". (May 2017)
Michael: Hi Paul, Just wanted to say thanks for your running sessions with Michael. He came first in the school 100m and then first again yesterday at the inter school carnival! Your coaching sessions gave him both the skills and confidence which were demonstrated in the carnivals. We might start a bit earlier next year. Thanks - Justine & Tom O'Malley (Oct 2016).
Luke and Ellen: Luke (16) and Ellen (13) commenced training with Paul in April 2014 following their first year of Little Athletics. In that time Luke has improved his 100m time from 12.51sec to 11.27sec (at the recent state championships). This was achieved through a combination of training (track & gym) plus hard work. Ellen too has had a marked improvement in the 100m – previously 14.66sec now 13.89sec. Paul has also taught Luke and Ellen techniques for other events – long jump and hurdles which has resulted in a number of PB’s over the past season. Based on our experiences, I would strongly recommend Paul as an athletics coach who can also assist athletes in other sports where speed and agility are required. – Terry Robinson (Apr 2015)
Sharna Thompson Part II: (24yo Police physical exam pre -entry test) Paul I passed!!!! Everything was so much easier than every other time and I felt like I went super fast on the Illinois agility test but they wouldn’t give me my time. April 20th squad! I am so friken stoked!! Thank you so much for everything!!! Can I come by the running club Monday afternoon to drop off a little thank you gift? If so just let me know what time is best. I am going to miss our training sessions!! You’re the best! (March 2015)
Olivia: Hi Paul, Just wanted to drop you a quick line to say ‘Thanks’ for your work with Olivia in the U9’s.Olivia just competed in Zones today and came 3rd in the 70m and 4th in the 100m – both with season best PB’s. She also medalled at Club Champs in the 70m and 100m sprints. She was so pleased with her results and is keen to train again later in the year. Kind regards, Yeolanda (March 2015).
Joel Horgan: (18yo) Paul, Just wanted to let you know that Joel has made the final cut for the 2014 West Perth Football Club Colts squad. He has trained in the elite running group all through pre-season and excelled as a small forward in the trial games. Your contribution cannot be underestimated and we thank you for your caring guidance and support over the summer. He still has more improvement in him and we will be back at the end of the season for some more work on those fast twitch fibres. Thank you so much! - Ben Horgan (2014).
Courtney & Mitchell - Part II: “Thought I would let you know Court broke the 13yo Girls ACC hurdles record today and (her brother) Mitch came second place in the 15yo Boys High Jump out of all the 64 schools in WA. Thanks again for the training" - Tracey Tassicker.
Riley: “Hi Paul , (9yo) Riley won the intermediate boys champion boy at the school carnival. He was the youngest in the competition!” Petrina.
Sharna Thompson: “I started seeing Paul after failing my police physical exam twice with a gym based Personal Trainer and feeling pretty defeated. I was always well off hitting my time for my agility test. After only 2 weeks with Paul I was able to hit my target every time. Even after an unfortunate injury Paul helped to rehabilitate me and gave me all the knowledge, training, and passion I needed to finally get me through. I would highly recommend Paul to anyone wanting almost anything. I needed to gain speed, fitness and more of a passion for running and he gave me all of that. I will still be training with Paul even though I am through, and I will be recommending him to everyone I know. Thank you Paul! (2014).
Hannah Whitbread: “I started training with Paul in September 2013 to improve my running technique and speed. Soon after I improved all of my personal best performances in the 100m, 200m & 400m. In March I competed at the 2014 Australian Junior Athletics Championships in Sydney finishing 6th in the 100m (13.05sec) and 4th in the 200m with a PB of 27.07sec (-0.8). Also winning a silver medal in the U14 Girls 4x100m relay #AJAC14. One month later in April I improved those performances with a Silver medal at the WALAA State Championships in the 100m (12.99sec) and Gold in the 200m (26.87sec)”. (2014).
Liam Van der Spuy: “I became a member of North Beach in 2012 to work on my sprints, hurdles and jumps. I improved all my PB’s that season and ended up winning the WALAA State Championship U13 Boys 90m hurdles. Last 2012/13 season I improved again and won Gold medals in the State Championship U14B 90m hurdles (12.33sec) and 200m hurdles (25.64sec). I was also runner up that same season to (13yo 200m) World Record Holder James Gallaugher in the 100m with a PB of 11.44sec. Also won silver medals in the Long (6.05m) & Triple Jumps (11.88m)” and bronze in the 200m (24.02sec).” (2014)
Adriaan Pelser: “I joined North Beach in 2012 when I was 12yo to improve my hurdles and sprints. After training with Paul last season I improved my 100m & 200m PB’s and was runner up in the U13Boys 90m hurdles. This season I won the U14B State Title and finished runner up in the U15B 100m hurdles at the 2014 Australian Junior Athletics Championships in Sydney #AJAC14. The same season I also won the 2013 Mullewa Gift and was the highest professional prizemoney earner for season 2012/13 in WA with $1500. At the 2012/13 West Coast Athletics League Annual Awards I won the award for ‘Male Sprinter of the Year” (2013).
Chad Perris: “I was a member of the North Beach Football Club in season 2012 and after the season finished, I wanted to work on improving my speed. It was recommended that I join North Beach Athletics Club which I did for season 2012/13. After working with Paul very soon I found my speed had improved a lot, so I entered my first Professional 120m race which amazingly I won (and collected $500)! Our 4x100m relay team also won WA state bronze medal that season (which I was the first runner for). I had improved my best 100m performance from 11.8sec down to 11.27sec within 6 months, which was good enough to make the Open Australian ‘B’ qualifying standard for the 2013 Para World Athletics Championships in France. I am a vision impaired T13 athlete that has now been confirmed to represent Australia in July at the championships”. Chad finished 5th in the 100m final at the IPC World Championships in Lyon with a new PB (11.17sec, -1.2w) and set a new Oceania Record. He missed out on a WC silver medal by 0.05sec and bronze by 0.02sec, he also ran another PB in the 200m, finishing 10th overall and set another new Oceania Record. Watch the races (2013).
Mitchell Boyle: After the 2011/12 WAFL season where I played 19 reserves and 3 league games, I decided to start training with Paul to improve my speed, running technique, agility & strength. I hoped that I would improve enough to make a good impression before the footy pre-season started again. My goal was to make the East Fremantle league team and after a few sessions I found measured improvements in not only my technique but speed, agility & strength as well. I took that with me into the East Fremantle pre-season training phase and soon found myself selected for the league team again. So far this 2012 season I have played 13 league games racking up 178 disposals. (2012)
Connor: Hi Paul, Just to let you know that my son Connor qualified for the State Championships in Shot Put. He is very happy as he threw 7.67m to come second in the zones. A personal best of nearly a metre! (after only 2 sessions with you) Thanks for your coaching. Can we book him in for another session on shot put this Friday? Please let me know.. Connor threw another PB with 7.92m two weeks later at State Championships). Eugene Shamrock (2012).
David O’Neill (AFL Umpire): I have been a WAFL umpire for the past few years umpiring the reserves grand final in 2011 and was emergency umpire in the 2010 Grand Final. This coming 2012 season I was invited to try out to be an AFL umpire and had to beat a standard qualifying 5km running time trial in under 18min 45sec. My first attempt after my normal training schedule was 18min 57sec, 12sec slower that required. I was extremely disappointed but fortunate enough to get a second chance two weeks later. Two days before my second trial I booked a session with Paul, he made some technical adjustments to my running style and I felt a big difference. Less than 2 days later I ran the second time trial in 18min 34sec! 11 seconds under the qualification time and 23 seconds faster than my previous time two weeks ago. This incredable turn around has abled me to umpire the pre season NAB cup games between West Coast, Fremantle & Essendon. And then it’s onto the regular season AFL Premiership games after that. (2012).
Caitlin: Dear Paul, I just wanted to thank you for motivating and inspiring Caitlin since she’s been working with you. Results from Saturdays meet were published today and thanks to your coaching and encouragement she earned four PBs out of the five events she did. She finished 3rd in the long jump, 100m and 400m beating last year’s club and centre champions. She took 11 seconds off her 400m PB and even added a metre to her discus throw PB which is a huge thing!!!! Caitlyn has achieved over 40 Personal Best performances in various events over the 2012/13 season. Thanks again. - Stuart & Clair Chase.
Courtney - Part I: “Our Daughter wanted some private coaching for Hurdles and Javelin as it was her first year in Athletics and she wanted to improve her technique, so we approached Paul as he had a good Reputation in North Beach Club plus he was associated with Coaches on the West Australia Athletics Association and having being at Nationals for Hurdles himself we felt he would be the best Coach for our ten year old daughter. Paul has proven to be a fantastic coach with his knowledge and skills of athletics within one session of hurdles our daughter went from 12th position to first position at Saturday competition due to Paul correcting and encouraging her technique and by the end of the season she came fourth in the state. Paul has a wide knowledge of all events in Athletics as he also helped her technique in Javelin and she came third in State Field event. Without Paul’s vast knowledge of coaching methods this would have proven difficult for our daughter to have received such great results in the first year of Little Athletics. We also approached Paul after our Daughter getting through Zones for High Jump and was to Compete at State Championships to help her with her run up and technique as she was having some difficulty getting pass a certain height and again she only had one training session with Paul correcting her technique and our Daughter went through to State Comp coming first in State getting herself a Gold Medal. Our Daughters achievements are a great reflection of how Paul coaches, his method and techniques prove to be successful whilst being good natured and kind throughout the sessions. I would recommend any child/adult doing athletics to approach Paul if wanting to improve their talent as he has a vast knowledge in all areas and gets good results. We will definitely be continuing coaching with Paul”. Tracey Tassicker. Courtney has won WA Little Athletics State Championship HJ competitions in season 2011 & 2013. In 2012 she was runner up on count-back.
Mathew Short: “In 2011 a friend of mine suggested to my mum that I try sprint training as I was pretty fast at school. I had just finished a season of soccer and decided to give it a go. That season I recorded PB performances of 11.3sec for the 100m & 22.5sec for the 200m. I also won 2 Professional races that season the Hamersley & Dardenup Gifts and about $1500 prize money. The following 2012/13 season I improved my 100m PB by half a second to 10.80sec. And my 200m improved more than that, down to 21.78sec. That was good enough to win a silver medal in both the 100m & 200m at the WA Open State Championships. I also finished third in Austrlia’s second richest footrace the Bay Sheffield Gift in SA, and won the 2013 Kennards Hire Rockingham Gift collecting over $2000 for the season💰”.
Courtney Korck: “I started throwing again at the start of the 2010/11 athletics season after a very long break. I decided to try all 4 throwing events to see what I was best at. Paul helped me decide, and we stuck to the shot put, discus & hammer throw. After improving my best performances throughout the season week after week, I eventually won a bronze medal in the WA State U20 hammer throw. To top it off in that same WA State Championships I won a gold medal the Open Women’s Shot Put, my first ever Open State Title!”
Ben ‘Bomber’ Clark: “I wanted to improve my fitness & speed for football during the off-season, to make me a better player… after working with Paul I found everything started to improve. My sprinting technique, speed, strength, fitness, attitude & even my vertical jump. The following season I won the ‘Best & Fairest’ award for my colts football team North Beach. This 2011 season after playing a handful of A grade reserves games, the NB football head coach (Bill Duckworth) has elevated me into the A-grade 2010 premiership team. I am still training with the athletics squad while I play footy, and things are still getting better for me every week”. In the 2012/13 season I solely focused on Athletics and won $2635 in professional prize money💰. That included winning the Peel Health Campus 70m Sprint and the Kennards Hire 120m Rockingham Gift. I also won the prestigious ‘Athlete of the Year’ award by the West Coast Athletics League (Inc.) for season 2012/13.
Cole Unasa: “During the 2010 rugby off-season I wanted to improve my speed and running technique for the games. After training for a few weeks with Paul, I found my sprints were improving a lot. So much so, Paul recommended I enter competition races. Soon after, I won my first professional sprint race the 2010 City of Perth 120m Gift and the $6000 first place prize money. I couldn’t believe it! Then about 3 months later, I won a state gold medal as part of the North Beach team in the WA 2011 Open State Championships in the 4x100m relay”. Then again in February of 2013, I won $15 000 prize money in the Stonnington 100m Gift in Victoria, plus another $2029 in local WA professional running prize money💰.
Callum O’Connell: “After finishing 9th in the Fox 8 Football Superstar’s TV show (2008), I wanted to find a way to improve my speed and overall soccer game. After training with Paul for 6 weeks he not only improved my running technique but also my vertical jump, strength & running speed. Soon after I made the WA state schoolboys team to tour Asia. Very soon after that trip I landed my first A-League game with the Brisbane ROAR. I still continue to train with Paul whenever possible and recommend him to others”
Adam Hett: “Soon after winning the 2008 Football Superstar’s show on FOX and landing a contract with ‘Nutra-Grain’ and A-League side Sydney FC, I unfortunately tore my ACL at training & was out for a year. I was devastated to say the least! But, after the initial trauma and swelling had subsided, I started training with Paul in the gym and on the track in the hope to get me back to the fitness & strength I had before my tragic knee injury. Incredibly, within 6-8 weeks I was pushing new PB’s and had almost returned to full fitness. My speed & sprinting technique had improved to new levels as well”