Thursday, May 19, 2022

PAUL WHITE (29) is in ‘full steam ahead’ mode, having overhauled his career, lifestyle and mindset, and is now working in the fitness industry. Paul, who developed his love for fitness over the past two years, loves spending time with his family and pops in daily to say hello. He has recently introduced his sister Stephanie to work outs at the Snap Fitness Gym at Butlerstown Retail Park along with his brother and fellow fitness fanatic, Darren.  

Life In A Day  

Everything is very organised and structured. I like to plan ahead and keep on top of the working day. I’m Club Manager at Snap Fitness and I really enjoy being surrounded by a well-educated and positive team. A normal day at work would consist of the smooth running of classes, building rapport with members, growing the business, managing the team, along with some marketing and social media work. Over the past two years, I’ve really got into fitness and I recently qualified as a personal trainer. 

What school did you go to? 

I went to De La Salle and absolutely hated school. I think I was on the duck more times than I care to remember. It just wasn’t for me. I’m very hands-on and not really the academic type. 

What teacher do you remember most vividly? 

I’m not going to name a name but I had one teacher who I couldn’t tolerate. I’ve never come across anyone so strict – they were probably another reason why I disliked school. 

What advice would you give your 15-year-old self? 

Keep going. Do what you want to do and don’t stop until you get there. People will judge and ask you why. Ignore it – take the risk! 

How do you relax? 

I don’t. I love to be busy and on the go. Life is for living and experiencing as much as possible. I’d rather go out and meet new people or climb a mountain than waste time watching TV shows. 

What is your favourite film and piece of music? 

I love ‘The Greatest Showman’. I think I saw it in the cinema nine times when it first opened. The music from it is 10/10 so anything from that soundtrack does it for me!  

What has been your happiest moment of recent times?  

That’s hard to pinpoint for me. I have a very positive attitude and always try to see the best in people and situations. I look after myself well so like to think I’m happy 90 per cent of the time. Definitely when I landed the job in Snap and received my qualification was a huge moment for me. 

Do you pray? 

No and no thank you. 

What is your most treasured possession? 

I don’t have one. I don’t get attached to materialistic things. I’d rather make memories. 

What is your favourite thing about Waterford? 

The people. The craic and the buzz. It’s some place to live. I love going away but I also love to come home. Up the Déise! 

If you could change one thing about Waterford, what would it be? 

The people who run it. We have so much potential and it’s being run into the ground.  

In conversation with Dermot Keyes 

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