Coach, leader, high performer, academic, innovator, average yet
enthusiastic surfer
South African-born and renowned as a high performance and leadership coach;
Paddy Upton has achieved coaching success at the highest levels of sport and business, globally.
He lives his professional and personal life whole-heartedly. Pursuing success,
innovation, relationships, health, adventure and enjoyment with equal enthusiasm.
Questioning convention and happiest operating out the box, he is constantly
searching for innovative and and exciting ways of doing things
Some of his diverse accomplishments include:
  • Working closely with Gary Kirsten to lead the Indian Cricket Team to become the World’s No. 1 Test Team (for the first time in their history), and then to win the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2011
  • Helping Gary Kirsten  lead the South African Cricket Team (Proteas) to become the first ever team to simultaneously hold the World No. 1 ranking in all three formats of the game, which included claiming the No. 1 test ranking from India
  • Following these successes, Paddy was appointed as Head Coach of the Rajasthan Royals Indian Premier League (IPL) Team, leading them from the bottom of the IPL log to 2nd place in the Champions League, within one 10-week season
  • Currently he is Head Coach of the Sydney Thunder Cricket Team in the Australian Big Bash League (BBL)
  • For over a decade, Paddy has worked as an executive coach, leadership coach, workshop facilitator and keynote speaker in many leading businesses both within South Africa and abroad, and across several different industries
  • He has four degrees, including two master’s degrees (M.Sc. (Medical) in Sport Science and M.A. in Executive Coaching)
  • He is passionate about surfing, stand-up paddling, trail-running and fishing
  • He lives in Houtbay, Cape Town

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