Paul has Becker Muscular Dystrophy. Despite this disabling condition he plays a round of golf almost every day without help and in 2010 he even completed the London Marathon over 2 days to raise money for Muscular Dystrophy and to raise awareness of his condition. Paul wasn't always so determined or productive. When he was younger he was a disruptive trouble maker. In his own words Paul would admit that 'he wasn't a nice person.' That was until at the age of 16 he discovered golf. Sport has enabled Paul to channel his energy positively and without knowing it it has taught him the value of self disipline. It has given Paul the opportunity to mix socially with many people of different ages and backgrounds and to become part of the local community while at the same time gaining respect and self respect. Most importantly it has inspired him to learn to read and write. At the age of 17 he couldn't read or write his own name. Now he is reading his 10th book. Paul inspires all who know him. He is the bad boy come good and despite the physical challenges he has to live with on a daily basis his outlook is positive. Nobody deserves the honour of being chosen as a Torchbearer more than Paul. He is an extremely courageous and brave individual who deserves the chance to shine.