Paddy Upton

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Paddy Upton

About Paddy - The Game Changing Coach

What sets Paddy apart is his unique combination of experience at the highest level of international sport, his track record of credibility and success in business and sport, and his extensive academic qualifications.

He brings the lessons to life in a relatable manner, delivering them with powerful story-telling and his unique ability simplify the complex into practical action-steps.

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Paddy brings over 25-years of experience working with high-performing teams in business and sport, across multiple industries and on five continents.

His recent best-selling book, “The Barefoot Coach. Life-changing insights from coaching the world’s best cricketers” has been called ‘brilliant’, ‘insightful’, ‘one of the best books on man management and leadership’, and ‘a must for any coach or business leader’.

Some of his accomplishments include:

  • Helping lead the Indian Cricket Team to win the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, and to become the World’s No. 1 Test Team for their first time
  • As Performance Director, helping lead the South African Cricket Team to become the first to simultaneously hold the World No. 1 ranking in all three formats of the game
  • Head Coach of five different T20 teams in 12 tournaments across three major leagues, the Indian Premier League (IPL), the Australian Big Bash League (BBL) and the Pakistan Super League (PSL)
  • Delivering over 250 keynote addresses in over 40 cities and five continents
  • Being mental coach to over 150 professional athletes from 11 sport codes and across five continents, including Olympic gold medalists and multiple world champions
  • Coaching business executives and teams in leading corporations across most industries
  • Appointed as Professor of Practice at Deakin University Business School (Melbourne, Australia)
  • Four degrees from four different universities, including two Master’s degrees, in Sport Science and in Executive Coaching
  • Author of best-selling book, “The Barefoot Coach. Life-changing insights from coaching the world’s best cricketers”

Paddy does most of this to support his surfing and fishing habits.


These are a few of the successful and wide-ranging organisations who  have valued Paddy’s inspirational talks and workshops.


Gary and Paddy’s contribution to India’s success in the 2011 World Cup was immense. Paddy brought innovative thinking that guided the players and team towards success.
Sachin Tendulkar
Indian International Cricketer
Brilliant session, I have done many similar but this was by far the very best! Well done Paddy, you had the entire company’s attention with your words and lessons. Thank you.
Craig Featherby
CEO, Carrick Group
Paddy Upton’s presentation to the top 500 managers at ABFSG Day was a great success. It was wonderfully illuminating and was rated as relevant and valuable by 100% of the 500 delegates. Some said Paddy’s presentation changed their life.
Ajay Srinivasan
Head, Aditya Birla Financial Services Group (India)
Paddy’s speech at the Dell India Leadership Strategy Meet was extremely insightful. The ease with which he was able to relate to corporate issues was simply commendable. Paddy is a delightfully effective speaker whose style is simple, direct and engaging.
Ganesh Lakshminarayanan
President, DELL India
Having worked full-time in conferences for nearly two decades, I’d place Paddy in the top 1% of international speakers.
Steve Morris
Managing Partner, The Eventful Group
Paddy helped me in so many unique ways throughout my career, both on and probably more importantly, off the field.
Jacques Kallis
South African International Cricketer and Coach
Paddy’s three-part A-game series for 60 Prime Venture Partners entrepreneurs, gave thought-provoking frameworks to find and play our A-game, as well as a set of principles to become great human beings. Learnings were illustrated with real-world sports examples to make this memorable, entertaining and impactful.
Amit Somani
Managing Partner, Prime Venture Partners
Great presentation at the London Leadership Summit. It was humble, thought provoking and relevant to today’s business leaders.
Tom Bird
Author of ‘Brilliant Selling’, Europe’s best-selling sales book
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