Paul Bircher is an inspirational Olympian having competed in the 1948 Olympic Games which was the first Games after World War II, with very little support or resource to do so. Paul was born in Kensington, London and in 1948, he was a member of the victorious Cambridge crew in the Boat Race. Most of the Cambridge crew of 1948 also rowed for Leander Club at Henley Royal Regatta. The Leander eight were selected to row for Great Britain in the 1948 Summer Olympics and won the silver medal. Paul was in the winning Cambridge crews in the 1949 and 1950 Boat Races. In 1953 he was a member of the Leander Club crew which won the Grand Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta.