Chris showed great talents in the water at a very young age. He soon took up competitive swimming at the age of 12. The young swimmer then got on the national podium very quickly and brought home five medals at the 2011 Paralympics New Zealand National Championships. He was then selected into the high performance Paralympics New Zealand Team in 2013. The following year Chris qualified for the Pan Pacific Para Swimming Championships and finished with respectable results: 4th in men's 100m Butterfly S9, 5th in men's 200m Butterfly S9 and 6th in men's 100m Breaststroke SB9. At the 2016 Victorian Open Championships in Melbourne, Chris successfully bagged two bronze medals in the Men's 50m Backstroke S9 and 100m Butterfly S9 events. Following this event Chris narrowly missed out on selection for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, and has stepped up further since then. Having achieved the Commonwealth Games qualification standard in the 100m backstroke, Chris is currently ranked 5th in the Commonwealth with genuine potential to challenge for medals. Explaining these successful results and the source of his determination, Chris said it was all due to positive thinking. The young athlete originally from Palmerston North has always held a strong belief in the power of the mind. His club is Ice Breaker Aquatics in Palmerston North. He always stays positive and has high hopes for the future.
Chris's Games History
Commonwealth Games Gold Coast 2018
Final 58:65Heat 58:78
Final 1:07.85Heat 1:08:72