Britain’s New Head Coach
He has a big mantle to carry but Paul Hall MBE can shine as brightly as the sun itself in his new role as British Gymnastics Men’s Head National Coach. If that famous old rugby union commentator Bill McLaren had been passing judgement, he’d have surely said: “They’ll be dancing on the streets of Huntingdon tonight.” For Paul has been a leading light at the town’s excellent Gymnastics Club since 2003. He has lectured for the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) across the globe and was awarded an MBE for services to the sport six years ago. He is in essence, a highly respected and regarded gymnastics figure with the feel of the sport very much at his heart.
The Driving Force Within
This likeable man will be practising what he’s preached over the years, having guided Louis Smith MBE to Olympic medal success at Beijing 2008, London 2012 and then Rio four years later.
But it doesn’t end there as his expertise steered Daniel Keatings to a historic world all-around Silver in 2009. In fact, his CV reads like a successful novel, with great reading at every page turn. Two Olympic Games, eight European and five World Championships, and a host of much smaller but telling achievements.
You see, Paul Hall isn’t just about medal winners – he’s also about grassroots and those club members who simply enjoy keeping themselves fit and healthy. This is why he is, without doubt, the right and inspiring choice moving forward.
British Gymnastics is changing in a positive fashion, and given the increasing profile of the sport, any head coach needs to be dynamic and understanding in their approach. You don’t have to win an Olympic medal to furnish a personal success of course. Mind you, men’s gymnastics teams around the world will have been making a note of the competition as Tokyo gets ever nearer.