Paula George

Paula George

About VO2
I started a long swimming career when I was 12 and enjoyed training and competing and the healthy lifestyle it provided. I competed at national level and enjoyed success at the endurance events of 800m and 400m freestyle, 400 individual medley and 200m butterfly. I also competed at biathlon becoming national champion aged 17. When my swimming career finished, I qualified as a swim teacher and realised the joy that giving back to a sport can give.

I enjoyed helping people to achieve in the pool. I developed my own swim school where I taught swimmers of all ages. Whilst developing the school I studied and qualified as a personal trainer and spent time studying with a strength and conditioning coach in Toronto. I have enjoyed keeping fit through my life and after running the London Marathon in 2000 I entered my first triathlon. I fell in love with the sport and soon after began my coaching journey.

Since 2000 I have competed at GB AG level at World and European Championships both at standard and long course distance. I realised that I enjoyed Ironman distance racing and to date have completed 6, together with a Kona qualification after winning my AG at IM Lanzarote. I have been a L3 coach since 2008 and have worked both as Head Coach at VO2 Maximum and with individual clients. My clients have ranged from novice triathletes to national and world champions.When I work with individual triathletes I work closely with them to reach their goals. However, I believe it is important to be aware of their life commitments and plan training to ensure that triathlon has a balanced place in their lives. I like to challenge my athletes and work collaboratively with them. I encourage them to have input into their training planning process as I think it is important that athletes take ownership of their training. I commit to creating the most effective plan for my athletes but find that the best results come from good communication between coach and athlete around the programme.


  • British Triathlon level 3 Coach
  • British Triathlon Kaizen Coach
  • British Triathlon Coach Educator and Assessor
  • British Triathlon Coach Mentor
  • British Cycling Level 2 Coach
  • ASA Swim Teacher Level 2
  • NLP Master Practitioner
  • Personal Training Level 3


  • 6 x Ironman Finisher
  • Kona Qualifier
  • European Long Course Silver Medallist
  • Represented Great Britain at the European, World Triathlon Championships
  • National AG Standard Distance Silver medallist
  • Former national level swimmer
  • 2 x marathon finishes
  • Multiple 10km races
  • Time Trials