Posted on 09/05/2018 in Men's Artistic
Paul Hall MBE has been appointed as British Gymnastics Men’s Head National Coach.
Paul has contributed significantly to the meteoric rise of the men’s artistic gymnastics programme in Great Britain, which includes his contribution as Scottish Gymnastics’ national technical advisor in the discipline.
Head Coach at Huntingdon Gymnastics Club for 15 years, he brings to the role his experience from coaching at two Olympic Games, five World Championships and eight European Championships.
He guided Louis Smith MBE to Olympic medal success at Beijing 2008, London 2012 and in Rio, and coached Daniel Keatings to historic World all-around silver in 2009. Paul was most recently part of the coaching team at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games where Scotland’s men won three bronze medals.
He has also lectured for the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) throughout the world and was awarded an MBE for services to gymnastics in 2012.
Paul will now move from his personal coach role to his new position in June with the immediate focus being the preparation of the team for the European Championships Glasgow 2018 in August.
Commenting on his appointment, Paul said: "I'm both honoured and excited to be taking up my new role with British Gymnastics and am looking forward to the challenge of building on the incredible successes that our coaches, gymnasts, and support staff have worked so hard for in recent years.
“I hope that my role will help to provide the necessary leadership and direction that is needed to consolidate our place as one of the leading nations in men’s gymnastics for the Tokyo Games and beyond."
Scottish Gymnastics Performance Manager, Jamie Bowie, said: “We’ve been really fortunate over the past three years to have Paul leading our men’s national performance programme.
“His technical input and mentoring has really benefitted coaches and gymnasts involved and we’re grateful for the impact he has had in Scotland. Our loss is, of course, British Gymnastics gain, and we look forward to working with Paul in his new role and we wish him well.
British Gymnastics Performance Director, James Thomas added: “After a rigorous recruitment process, we’re delighted that Paul Hall will take up the role of Men’s Head National Coach at British Gymnastics.
“Paul is respected throughout Great Britain and the world for his gymnastics coaching expertise, guiding a number of gymnasts to World and Olympic success over previous cycles. We know Paul will be keen to work closely with the Performance staff and network of personal coaches to build on the successes of previous cycles as we head towards Tokyo 2020.”
Paul is pictured third from left with Team Scotland men's artistic gymnasts and management team after winning all-around bronze at Gold Coast 2018