Question Time: Richard Fidler chats to Paul Greaves

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Paul Greaves is the new head coach for trampolining at Sheffield International Venues (SIV). Paul, 32, from Walkley, set up the successful Abbey Flyers club in November 2000, which now has 250 members and has merged with SIV. Paul is responsible for further developing the sport at grassroots level in Sheffield.

What have you been doing today?

I had my first fire safety training at 9am which also included a full tour of Ponds Forge of which I discovered parts that I never knew existed. An hour later, I had my elite senior and junior squad in training until 1pm. This was my highlight as it’s what I love the most. The rest of the day consisted of meetings and delivering staff training.

Who is your inspiration and why?

A lady called Andrea Holmes. Andrea won more world medals for Great Britain in Trampolining than anyone else to date. I remember, as a young child, watching her compete; she was ahead of her generation and put GB on the map in the Trampoline world.

Which sports star did you admire when you were growing up?

Daley Thompson was my favourite. I loved watching athletics and he was such a character and a great role model for sport.

What’s your favourite other sport?

Without a doubt diving! I was lucky enough to be involved in one of the first diving squads at Ponds Forge when it first opened. Still to this day I take every opportunity to go and watch diving events!

Who is the most famous person in your phone?

2012 Olympic Trampolinist Kat Driscoll. She is famous in my world and a great inspiration for our Trampoline youth today.

When was the last time you cried?

I don’t cry often but I did shed a couple of tears at the British Trampoline Championships when my gymnast Bryony Page was crowned senior British champion!

Who or what are you most proud of?

I am proud of the Trampoline club I established: Abbey Flyers Trampoline Club. I built the club from scratch with international gymnast Joanne Crowther. We had no support, no funding or any help and we made one of the most successful Trampoline clubs in the UK.

What’s the best piece of advice you have ever received?

Don’t be frightened of making mistakes; see them as a learning curve and don’t make them again.

When did you know you were good at what you do?

My PE teacher Jenny Bowker from Meadowhead School spotted me in a PE lesson. She encouraged me to attend after school clubs and then set me up with an established club outside of school.

What’s the one item you take with you wherever you go?

My iPad.

What is the most nervous that you have ever been?

It was at the 2010 World Championships as it was my first call up as a Senior National Coach.

Do you ever doubt yourself?

I think at some point we all need reassurances with what we do. Doubt I see more as something that is a challenge that needs to be overcome.

What is your view on social networks like Twitter and Facebook?

If they are used in the correct manner they can be an extremely useful and powerful in terms of publicity and awareness.

How do you relax away from sport ?

Walking is what I love doing the most to relax.

Where was your last holiday - and would you go again?

Lisbon in Portugal. It’s a place I would go for a short city break but not for a full holiday.

Do you cook? If so what’s your favourite? If not who provides that favourite meal?

Cooking isn’t my forte. My aunty Sheila and grandparents do a stunning job of keeping me well fed!

What was the last book you read?

Bounce by Matthew Syed. It’s a great read about the myth of talent in relation to the provision of an opportunity. I don’t agree with some of it but it’s certainly worth reading.

If you weren’t doing what you do, what would you do?

I always wanted to be a vet, but my sporting aspirations took over. So if things, for whatever reason, didn’t work out in sport I should imagine I would be working with animals in some capacity. If I win the lottery I will set up my own animal shelter!

Tell our readers in your own words why you think we are interviewing you?

Trampolining is an amazing sport that not many people realise is in the Olympics. I’ve produced a successful programme from scratch and have gymnasts on World Class and National squads.

Your favourite television programme?

Grey’s Anatomy. I am obsessed with the show!