Picture of at Tai Chi instructor at YMCA Hawker

28 June 2019

Paul Dunn is an instructor and volunteer at YMCA Hawker in Kingston, part of the YMCA St Paul’s Group, who teaches Tai Chi. We caught up with him to find out more about him and the work that Paul does within the organisation.

Briefly describe what you do all day.

I take two Tai Chi sessions at YMCA Hawker, work in other local gyms as an gym instructor, exercise referral instructor and take various classes, including indoor cycling, older people’s fitness and circuit training. I am also studying to become a sports massage therapist.

What’s the best thing about your job?

The variety and the fact that every day I am involved with people who are passionate about their well-being.

What’s the best thing about YMCA St Paul’s Group?

Friendly, supportive, encouraging, and the group has a great inclusive ethos.

What does your workspace look like?

Fantastic environment that offers a gym, two studios, a café and an indoor play area for children. Outside there are football pitches and a terrace with a river view.

What’s been one of your proudest moments working at YMCA St Paul’s Group?

Being enabled to teach Tai Chi, a passion of mine for the last twenty-five years, or more.

What do you like to do when you’re not at the office?

I am never at ‘the office’

What inspires you?

People who work hard to overcome physical and/or emotional difficulties.

Fill in the blank:

I once met Brian Moore (Harlequins)

If you could pick one superpower, what would it be?


What is the song title that best describes your personality?

‘I’m Free’. Roger Daltry.

Greatest moment in history?

Creation (however you want to understand it).

What are five words (or less) of advice for others in your profession?

Hurry slowly. Relax and enjoy.

28 June 2019