Paul holds a Level 3 NCAS Coaching Certificate and an internationally recognised AFC B Licence. Paul has been a coach educator for Football Federation Australia, a NSW State Coach and a professional football player in the Canadian National Soccer League. Paul also has a Masters in Physical Education and Sport, a Bachelor or Human Movement and a Graduate Diploma of Education. In 2002 Paul was awarded the Neil Donahue University Medal for Human Movement Studies by Charles Sturt University, and was nominated for Coach of the Year by the Western District Sports Association. As Head Coach of the Australian Paralympic team Paul was successful in guiding the squad to success in a number of World Championships and more recently a silver medal at the Dream Asia Tournament in UAE
Stop discriminating against athletes with disabilities: Save the Pararoos
It’s unbelievable - We’ve just found out Australia’s national Paralympic Soccer team, have had their funding slashed to nothing. $0.00! The Pararoos - the Paralympic version of the Socceroos - are proudly ranked 10th in the world. Playing for the team is a dream for thousands of kids with cerebral palsy, brain injuries – a dream cruelly ended the same week we’re celebrating the game we love. The ASC must reverse this decision and save the Pararoos. It’s discrimination. Other Australian teams, and other sports are getting huge amounts of funding, in fact, overall funding to able-bodied sports is increasing this year! We only need $175,000 a year to run a couple of training camps and get to an international tournament - even that’s running on the smell of an oily rag but it’s enough to keep the team alive - now they’ve cut it all. It’s gutting. We need the ASC and the Sports Minister to give us a shot here. It’s discrimination to pour huge amounts of money into able-bodied sports and kill off paralympic ones. Sport is a fantastic vehicle for young kids with varying forms of brain injury and cerebral palsy, to build their confidence, to learn social skills. At time where football is becoming more and more popular, now those kids won't have a Pararoos squad to aim for. Please help by signing the petition demanding the ASC #SavethePararoos.