Olympic role for St Andrews man

Flight Lieutenant Henry Paul
Flight Lieutenant Henry Paul

RAF officer Henry Paul, who resides in St Andrews, has been nominated to be part of the military team assisting at the medal presentations at the London Olympics this summer.

The 52-year-old station flight safety officer, based at RAF Leuchars, has been chosen to attend the 2012 Games in recognition of his commitment both to the Air Force and the local civilian communities.

Flight-Lieutenant Paul followed his father’s footsteps into the armed forces in 1978, but chose the RAF rather than the Irish Guards to enable him to achieve his ambition to be a navigator.

He has served at a number of RAF stations in the United Kingdom and undertaken many operational deployments, including 11 to the Falkland Islands and six to Cyprus.

He holds both the Gulf and Iraq Medals and the General Service Medal (Air Operations Iraq) for service in the Middle East, and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal.

Later this year, he will be presented with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Married to Christine, a lecturer at St Andrews University, the couple have two children, David and Sarah.

His strong ties with St Andrews include acting as chairman of the Madras College Parent Council and working with St Andrew Links Trust to establish the St Andrews Community Trust.

Last year, as a leading member of St Andrews Community Council, he helped organise a wedding breakfast party in St Salvator’s Quadrangle at the town’s university where participants were entertained while watching the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, now the Duchess of Cambridge.

He also arranged the planting of 500 trees in St Andrews to establish a wood in partnership with the Woodland Trust for the UK-wide Jubilee Woods Project.

Flt Lt Paul, who is looking forward to playing his part at the Games, said: ”It is a huge honour for me to have been chosen to attend the Olympic Games.

‘‘I am proud to be representing both RAF Leuchars and the local north eeast Fife communities in my role as part of the military medal presentation team.”