Paul Crocker

Started skating at just 4/5 years old when his mother used to take him to Telford ice rink. At the age of 5 he moved to gosport the same year Gosport Ice Rink was opened. He skated as a hobby until the age of 8 where he enrolled in group lessons then eventually had lessons with his lifelong coach “Julia Parvin” who taught him from the age of 11 to now (Over 20 years).  After many successful competitions in low level opens he went on to have 9 consecutive gold medals in the artistic section of the “national team challenge”, a gold medal at masters level skating for the International “NISA Cup” and was Adult British champion in gold free dance in 2013, 2015 and 2017. He also competed at Senior level with dance partner Chantelle A'Court at the British National Championships in 2016 earning 4th place. This year 2017 he has taken on coaching the Gosport All stars and Shooting stars synchronised skating teams.

The same year Paul also was on the GB team for the Special Olympics in Austria and after 4 training weekends flew out with our team of 21 athletes (including 10 figure skaters and 11 skier's) to the World Winter Games in Graz, Austria. The team had a great experience. between 2016 and 2017 Paul attended every British Championship event, as a coach, rink side at the British Skating Championships, British Adult Skating Championships, British Synchronised Skating Championships, British Inclusive Championships and British Solo Dance Championships.

His real passion for performing grew from the Gosport Ice Show held once a year at Christmas in Gosport Ice Rink. He believes his character and confidence was built from years of performing and skating.

Over 29 years in skating has given Paul a passion and deeper knowledge of the sports technical perfection, but also just as much; what is achievable as a person within the sport.

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Paul says:
I love ice skating, it’s one of the most diverse sports in the world. You can enter it at any age and be a part of all or just one of it’s many many diversities: Dancing, Acting, Technical Perfection, Big Jumps and spins, social, fun, speed skating, teams like synchronised skating. Kids, teens and adults sharing the ice also share the same bug for skating and I love helping people realise what they can achieve within the sport.

Qualifications:

  • BIS Licenced Level 2 Coach
  • BITA Young Coach of the year 2017
  • Official BIS Off Ice Coach Qualification
  • Senior Level Competitor
  • Public Liability Insured
  • Member of the British Ice Teachers Association
  • Over 30 years experience in skating
  • Coaching since January 2008
  • Awarded a NISA Scholarship for coaching and grade “A” for both on ice assessments for qualification
  • Experience in Free, Dance, and synchronised skating
  • Regularly attends and updates Sports Coach UK workshops including:

o   Good Practice and child protection

o   Coaching equity

o   Fundamentals of movement

o   How to coach sports effectively

o   How to coach children in sport

o   How to coach disabled people in sport

o   Long Term Athlete Development

o   Analysing your coaching

o   Positive Behaviour Management in Sport

  • Regularly attends NISA seminars and national accredited seminars including:

o   NISA Field moves seminar

o   IJS Singles and IJS Dance seminars

o   The NISA Licenced Coaches Convention

  • Other qualifications outside of skating that all help including:

o   Sports Specific First Aid

o   “Understanding  Autism” course by WENDY LAWSON and working experience

o   Working with learning difficulties experience

o   Working with special needs experience

o   4 years experience working as a youth worker

o   HND in Business

 

Other interests:

Paul has a passion for music and has been a DJ and producer for over 15 years now.

Paul is also founder of “Push Forward” skate camps for all ages and abilities to ‘push forward’ their knowledge and drive for skating.

Paul still competes and trains as a solo skater for both free and dance