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Paddy Upton

Team Coach & Author

Paddy Upton is a renowned team coach, keynote speaker, and author, specializing in the human elements of team performance in both business and sport. With over two decades of experience, he has coached high-performing teams across various domains, focusing on personal mastery, healthy leadership, team culture, and the mental game. His coaching philosophy emphasizes sustainable high performance and creating extraordinary team environments where individuals thrive.

As the owner of Paddy Upton Coaching, he has worked with prestigious organizations and teams worldwide, including the South African and Indian National Cricket Teams, Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League, Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash League, and Lahore Qalandars in the Pakistan Super League. His coaching expertise extends beyond sports to corporate clients such as Dell, Google, Microsoft, and many others.

In addition to his coaching career, Paddy Upton is a Professor of Practice at Deakin University, where he designs online team coaching and leadership short courses. He has also authored the book “The Barefoot Coach,” offering insights into his coaching philosophy and practices, gleaned from his extensive experience working with elite athletes and corporate leaders.

Paddy’s coaching approach has earned him accolades from prominent figures in the sporting world, including Gary Kirsten, Jacques Kallis, Rahul Dravid, and Sachin Tendulkar. His dedication to fostering a healthy, engaging, and high-performance culture has made him a sought-after coach and speaker globally, inspiring individuals and teams to reach their full potential.