ABOUT PAUL

Paul needs no introduction. A giant of a man he may be, but a more gentle, kind spirited and genuine person you will struggle to find. 

 

On September 17th 2016, Paul was involved in a very serious mountain bike accident, which resulted in catastrophic, life changing injuries. Paul broke his neck, damaged his spinal cord, paralysed half of his diaphragm and wrecked half of his right lung and was left completely paralysed from the chest down. As a result of his injuries, Paul has 

been faced with what has seemed like an endless list of major medical issues, but Paul being Paul, he has overcome all of these issues and proved that he is determined, resilient and courageous beyond words,

Paul spent the six months following the accident at University Wales Hospital, Cardiff. Most of this time was spent bed bound, staring at a ceiling.
It wasn't until mid February that Paul was deemed strong enough and healthy enough to be moved into a wheelchair for a few short hours a day. Since this point Paul has continued to get stronger and stronger.

On March 13th 2017, Paul was finally healthy enough to be transferred to Rookwood Spinal Rehabilitation Centre, Llandaff, Cardiff.

Since being at Rookwood, Paul has continued to make progress. He undertakes intensive physio each day and on a daily basis, displays the same determination, resilience and competitive spirit he showed long ago on the rugby field and during his time in University Wales Hospital. The prime example of this being Paul challenging other patients at Rookwood to competitions during their physio programmes or Paul aiming to set personal best times every time he works on the hand bike equipment. 

Whilst Paul works each day to make improvements to his health, this sadly is not the only challenge that he and his family face. Paul was

Paul is hoping that he will have returned to his family home by then, but before this is possible, his home will have to completely adapted to meet his extensive needs. These adaptions are going to be very costly.

we want Paul to come home to the safest, most comfortable and least stressful home possible. 

 

                                  Paul's Rugby CV ;

1970 - Bishop Luffa School

1973 - Joined Bognor RFC (Seniors 3rd and 4th teams - aged 14)

1976 - Bognor RFC first XV 
        - England U19's

1977 - Capped at County Level - Sussex 
        - England U19's

1979- Joined Rosslyn Park 
1980 - England U23's

1981 - Called into full England Training Squad 

1985 - Joined Harlequins RFC
        - Selected for Middlesex County (Involved in Cup final for          - Middlesex)

1988 - Selected to represent England 'B'
        - Won John Player Cup with Harlequins RFC

                         

                                Moved to Wales 

 

1990 - Bridgend RFC
        - Penclawdd RFC 
1991 - Retired

2000- Started junior section at Penclawdd RFC 
2003 - 2011 Starting coaching Llwchwr Schools District (8 seasons, 2 national finals)

2009-2011 Coached Penclawdd RFC youth team