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Paddy Upton

Leadership/ High Perfromance Coach

Currently resides in: Western Cape, South Africa

Born in Johannesburg South Africa

Business portfolio includes,

1) Performance Director, Head Coach, Leadership Coach: Currently Head Coach of Delhi Daredevils (Indian Premier League) cricket team, Head Coach of Sydney Thunder (Australian Big Bash League) cricket team and working with select corporate clients and professional athletes as a Leadership/ Performance Coach.

2) Keynote and conference speaker, workshop facilitator - The Art of Leadership: Inspiring and challenging people to think differently about how they are leading teams, strategy and performance.

Contact details

Web presence

Business Address

26 Scott Rd, Cape Town, South Africa, 7806

Professional details

Current Position(s)

Professor of Practice | Faculty of Business and Law | Deakin University
Melbourne, Australia | June 2017 - present

Academia, Education and Training

Write and moderate online courses in team leadership and coaching

Professor of Practice | Faculty of Business and Law | Deakin University
Melbourne, Australia | June 2017 - present

Academia, Education and Training

Write and moderate online courses in team leadership and coaching

Head Coach | Delhi Daredevils Indian Premier League (IPL) Team
Delhi, India | February 2016 - present

Sport and Recreation

Head Coach of Delhi Daredevils team in the Indian Premier League, leading the team with mentor Rahul Dravid

Head Coach | Lahore Qalandars Cricket Team
Dubai, United Arab Emirates | December 2015 - present

Sport and Recreation

Head Coach for the Lahore Qalandars team in the Pakistan Super League T20 cricket tournament, held in Dubai

Head Coach | Sydney Thunder BBL Team
Sydney, Australia | 2014 - present

Sport and Recreation

Head Coach of the Sydney Thunder (BBL) Big Bash League cricket team. Tournament winners in BBL 2015/6

Owner | Paddy Upton Coaching
South Africa and abroad, South Africa | 2003 - present

Consulting and Project Management

1) Leadership and Performance Coach to professional (sport and business) teams
2) Keynote and conference speaker
3) Workshop facilitator, growing performance in business and sports teams

Founder | Sissy Hankshaws Pan-Galactic Gargleblaster Tour
2001 - present

Arts, Culture and Entertainment

Defies description, except that it's a completely wacky event that is growing in popularity since inception - not for the feint-hearted! Check it out at

Previous Position(s)

Head Coach | Rajasthan Royals IPL Team
Rajasthan, India | 2013 - 2015

Sport and Recreation

Head Coach to Rajasthan Royals IPL (Indian Premier League) cricket team.

Performance Director | Proteas Cricket Team
2012 - 2014

Overseeing and supporting all aspects of performance of the South African National (Proteas) Cricket Team, from strategic leadership to mental conditioning with individual players.

Strategic Leadership Coach | Provincial Government of the Western Cape
2012 - 2013

Supporting the senior management team of the Department of Public Works (Government of the Western Cape) to deliver on their mandate "to create an open opportunity society for all in the Western Cape so that people can live lives they value".

Performance/ Strategic Leadership Coach | Indian Cricket Team
2008 - 2011

Working closely with Business Partner and Head-Coach Gary Kirsten, my key roles included,

a) Mental Conditioning Coaching on an Individual and Team basis

b) Strategic Leadership, specifically related to people-management in an Indian context

c) Research and Development, ensuring the Indian team employed the best available thinking and philosophy on coaching, management and leadership, from within and beyond sport.

Our aim, set in July 2008 was to achieve the previously unattained rank of becoming the No 1 Test-team in the World, and to win the ICC 2011 World Cup, all within an environment where people were happy and have fun. The team achieved these goals.

Rahul Dravid: "Paddy was instrumental in raising our game and in creating a happy and enthusiastic dressing room.”

Sachin Tendulkar, on winning the 2011 ICC World Cup: "Gary (Kirsten) and Paddy deserve a lot of credit."

Managing Director | Street Universe
2001 - 2003

Founding Partner and Managing Director of Section 21 Company, not for profit. Organisation aim was to Uplift the Hardened Street Children and Youth in the Cape Town City Centre.

My roles included Building the Business, Fundraising, General Management, Counselor to Street Youth, Media Relations, Networking with other NGO's/ NPO's, Police, Local Government

Fitness Trainer | South African Cricket Team
1994 - 1998

Sport and Recreation

Fitness, injury prevention, injury rehabilitation, diet and general coaching assistance for SA National Cricket Team (Protea's). Under the late Bob Woolmer and late Hansie Cronje.

Educational history


Wynberg Boys High School, Cape Town, South Africa (1986)


Middlesex University

Middlesex, United States of America | 2001 - 2003

MA - Executive Coaching (with distinction)

Masters in Professional Development (Coaching)

University of Cape Town

Cape Town, South Africa | 1992 - 1998

M.Sc. - Sport Science

Masters Degree (Medical) in Sport Science

University of Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth, South Africa | 1990 - 1991

B.Hons - Biokinetics

Honours degree in Biokinetics

Stellenbosch University/Universiteit Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch, South Africa | 1987 - 1989

B.Sc - Human Movement Science

Bachelor of Science (human movement studies)

NVC Consulting

Spiral Dynamics Assessor

Cricket South Africa

Cricket Coach - Level 1, 2 and 3 (all with distinction)

South African Rugby Board

Rugby Coach - Level 1 and 2



NMMU Alumni Achiever award | 2015

Awarded to Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University graduates who have achieved high levels of excellence, nationally or internationally, in their field of expertise

media exposure

Fox Sports | 2016

An account of Sydney Thunder going from four years at the bottom of the log, to become Big Bash League winners in 2015/6

The Daily Telegraph | 2014

Article on Paddy Upton's appointment as Head Coach of Sydney Thunder in Australian Big Bash (BBL) Cricket League

YouTube | 2014

Paddy Upton runs Jaipur mountains

YouTube | 2015

Short course 3 of 3 by Paddy Upton, on mental conditioning in sport

YouTube | 2015

Short course 2 of 3 by Paddy Upton, on mental conditioning in sport

YouTube | 2015

Short course 1 of 3 by Paddy Upton, on mental conditioning in sport

Cric Info | 2012

Article by Paddy Upton, on personal mastery

Wisden India | 2015

Article on Paddy Upton and coaching

Champions League T20 | 2013

Interview on leadership strategies with Paddy Upton

News Nation | 2011

Multiple interviews with Paddy Upton

Wisden India | 2015

Video interview with Paddy Upton

The Telegraph | 2013

Interview with Paddy Upton

The Hindu newspaper | 2013

Article on Paddy Upton

Prosport International | 2014

Radio interview with Paddy Upton, on psychopaths in sport

India TV | 2013

Article on Paddy Upton as Rajasthan Royals Head Caoch

Cricket County | 2011

Multiple articles on, and interviews with Paddy Upton

Indian Express | 2011

Multiple articles on, and interviews with Paddy Upton

DNA | 2015

Interview with Paddy Upton

Alternative Cricket Almanack | 2015

In-depth interview with Paddy Upton

IBN Live | 2011

Multiple articles on, and interviews by Paddy upton

One World Sports | 2014

Interview on building a team

Zee News | 2011

Multiple articles and interviews with Paddy Upton

Leaders in Sport | 2014


Competitive Accomplishments

South African Rugby Union (SARU) team | Santam Bank Trophy | 1990

Selected to represent the SARA (the apartheid era non-white South African team - even through I am white??) The apartheid era was a strange time in many ways!

Western Province B cricket team | Castle Bowl cricket tournament | 1991

Selected for Western Province B cricket team, scored 100 on first-class debut.

Western Province under-23 (Colts) cricket team | South African under 23 tournament | 1991

Captain of the Western Province under-23 Colts cricket team for three consecutive years

South African Universities B cricket team | South African Universities (SAU) week | 1990

Selected for the South African Universities B cricket team in 1990, now called the USSA tournament

Under 19 Provincial Schools cricket | Coca Cola Nuffield Week | 1984

Represented Western Province Under 19 Schools cricket team for three consecutive years, from 1984-1986, captaining the team in 1986

Academic Achievements

Distinction for Masters Thesis on sport coaching | 2004

Masters Thesis. Middlesex University. 2004. An integral approach to coaching in elite sport.

Publication. South African Medical Journal | 1996

South African Medical Journal. May 1996. Upton, PAH. Roux, CE, Noakes, TD. Inadequate pre-season preparation of schoolboy rugby players--a survey of players at 25 Cape Province high schools

Publication. British Journal of Sports Medicine | 1996

British Journal of Sports Medicine. March 1996. Upton, PAH. Noakes, TD. Juritz, J. Thermal pants may reduce the risk of recurrent hamstring injuries in rugby players

Distinction | 1990

Distinction for Sport Psychology as post-graduate subject. Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

Distinction | 2003

Awarded a distinction for M.A. Degree in Professional Development (Coaching) by Middlesex University



Surfing Swami's Foundation

Co-vice Chairman, January 2017 - present

Actively involved in promoting beach clean-ups, surf training programmes and surf equipment donations in India

Surfing Federation of India

Ambassador, January 2010 - present

Ambassador, friend and networker supporting surfers and promoting surfing in India.

Street Universe

Managing Director, March 1999 - July 2002

M.D. of Street Universe, an NPO aimed at the rehabilitation of the hardened street children and youth of the Cape Town CBD.

Other Activities

Surfing, Stand-up paddle (SUP) surfing, Stand-up paddle (SUP) racing, fishing


loving the ocean!

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