Paul Brady, Cavan, Ireland

Posted on Apr 30 2013 - 9:20pm by DV

Paul_Brady_bio_picHot Seat: Paul Brady

Age: 34

Height: 5ft 9in

Dominant hand: Right

Hometown/where you live now: Virginia, Co. Cavan

Coach (now/ever): Youth coach- John Gilhooly. Presently I coach myself

Sparring partner(s) at home: Michael Finnegan

Most important win in a tournament and most satisfying win in a tournament: Any of my US National title wins were satisfying. The Worlds finals here in Ireland in 2012 was a historic occasion so I would regard that as my greatest win.

Best tournament ever won: World Championships 2012

How long have you been playing: 22 years

What do you do for work: Teacher (Middle School)

What are your goals in handball going forward: To continue to try to improve. To get stronger, fitter, faster and more powerful. To retain the US National title this year.

What are your goals for the R48 season: Obviously it will not be easy but I aim to qualify for, and to win the Players Championship in Salt Lake City in April

Favorite handball tournament: NYAC Invitational/ Seattle WAC

How do you prepare for Race events: Same as any of the other tournaments I have competed in throughout my career

What do you love about handball: The travel, the training, the challenge of continuously striving to improve my game, meeting new people and seeing old friends

Favorite pro player (now or ever): Vince Munoz

How would you describe your game: Aggressive

What is your best shot: Left hand V-pass shot

Given the choice, what top R48 would you most like to play: Right now I would have to say Luis Moreno. Luis in the inform player at the moment. He is a top class player who challenges everyone to be at their best to play him.

Who has inspired you to play this game at such a high: My family, my friends and the local community here in Ireland level:

Which current Race 4 Eight or top pro would you most like to play? I have not seen Anthony Selestow play but he has had some very impressive wins recently so I would like to play him

Brady Summary:

Regarded by the majority of his peers as being the greatest handball player to ever play, Paul Brady is already a living legend. Brady has won every USHA 4-Wall pro singles nationals in which he has entered since 2005 (8), all four open singles world championships held since 2003, every 40×20 All-Ireland Senior Championship in which he has entered since 2004 and both WPH Race 4 Eight Stops he has entered since 2012. Brady possesses the ability to completely dominate the field, as he has proven on multiple occasions by winning championships without ever allowing any of his opponents to score more than nine points in any game in the event. Brady has also proven to be able to win the closest matches, defeating Tony Healy 11-9 in the tiebreaker to win the 2008 USHA 4-Wall national championship and defeating Sean Lenning 11-10 in the tiebreaker to win the 2007 Simple Green U.S. Open. Brady shows no sign of slowing down at 34 and could continue to dominate the sport for the next decade. Brady is regarded for not only being the greatest shot maker in the game but also the fittest and most mentally strong player in the sport.


10 All Ireland Senior Singles (9 in a row); 6 All Ireland Senior Doubles
7 US National Singles; 1 US National Doubles
4 Open World Singles; 1 World Open Doubles
4 US Open Titles; Ultimate Handball Showdown Winner

2009, Brady wins the All Ireland Singles/doubles and Irish National Titles, US Nationals and World Championship.

2011/2012 Race Results:

R48 I #1 Plummer ’11: Did not start

R48 I #2 U.S. Open ’11: Did not start

R48 I #3 Tucson ‘11: Did not start

R48 I #4 Fresno ’12: Did not start

R48 I #5: Atlanta ’12: Did not start

R48 I # 6: Salt Lake City ’12: Did not start

R48 I #7: LAAC: Did not start

R48 I #8: TPC Seattle: Did not qualify

2012/2013 Race Results:

R48 II #1 U.S. Open ’12: Champion (Shanks)

R48 II #2 Tucson ’12: Did not start

R48 II #3 Houston ’13: Did not start

R48 II #4 Alaska ’13: Did not start

R48 II #5 Denver ’13: Did not start

R48 II #6 Salt Lake City ’13: Did not start

R48 II #7 TPC Seattle ’13: Player’s Champion (1st Place)

2012/2013 Race Results:

R48 III #1 Plummer ’13:  Did not start

R48 III #2 US Open ’13:  Did not start

R48 III #3 Houston ’14:  Did Not Start

R48 III #4 New York:  Pending

Paul Brady on:
Sean Lenning: Natural Talent
Tony Healy: Relaxed and Happy
Emmett Peixoto: Athletic/Fast
Dave Chapman: Confident


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