12 February 2009
Last Saturday, International Roller Skating Coach Paul McIlhone celebrated 10 years of coaching success at Ely Roller Skating Club.
Suzanne Lister, a former skater and now an Ely Club Coach presented Paul with a commemorative photo collage (designed by current skater Helen Grey) of all his Ely skaters. Local Councillor & Ely RSC Chairman Ian Allen joined the celebrations and was there to congratulate Paul on his coaching success.
As a competitive skater Paul was six times British Men's Champion, as well as European Champion and World medallist! Having worked with Arlene Philips (Strictly Come Dancing) and Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber on the original cast of Starlight Express, Paul’s skating talent has passed onto his skaters at Ely Roller Skating Club where several are either British Champions, Medallists or World Championship competitors themselves.
Paul travels from Birmingham twice a week to each session, Paul started coaching some of the Ely skaters on 6 February 1999.
2009 promises to be an exciting year, with several skaters training hard for British titles or the World Championships in Freiburg, Germany this November.