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Chris started judo as his parents wanted him to do extracurricular sporting activities. He started attending his local judo club which was recommended by rugby coach.

At the age of 17, Chris’ eyesight began to deteriorate which eventually caused him to stop his apprenticeship to become a mechanic at the age of 18. At 19, Chris was eventually diagnosed with oculartanious albinism. As well as his job, Chris also had to stop playing rugby, meaning judo was the only constant in his life during this period.

At the age of 19 Chris moved to Walsall to train full time at the British Judo National Training Centre. Since the move Chris has been crowned European Champion and won two World Championship bronze medals. In 2019, Chris became ranked world number 1 in the -100kg category. In 2021 Chris became Paralympic Champion at the Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Outside of judo Chris is an ambassador for Phoenix Enterprises and during lockdown he was delivering food parcels to vulnerable members of his community. This saw Chris win the UK Sport Social Impact award at the PLx award evening.

Chris is also a mentor for True Athlete Project.

Global Championships
Event Year Position
IBSA European Championships – Rotterdam 2023 Silver
IBSA World Championships – Baku 2022 5th
Tokyo Paralympic Games 2020 Gold
IBSA European Championships – Genoa 2019 Bronze
IBSA World Championships – Lisbon 2018 Bronze
IBSA European Championships – Walsall 2017 Gold
Rio Paralympic Games 2016 5th
IBSA European Championships – Lisbon 2015 Bronze
IBSA World Championships – Colorado 2014 7th
IBSA European Championships – Eger 2013 5th
Grand Slam/Grand Prix/World Cup
Event Year Position
IBSA Egypt Grand Prix 2023 Bronze
IBSA Portugal Grand Prix 2023 Bronze
IBSA Sao Paulo Grand Prix 2022 Gold
IBSA Nur-Sultan Grand Prix 2022 Bronze
IBSA Grand Prix Warwick 2021 Bronze
IBSA Baku Grand Prix 2021 Silver
IBSA Tbilisi World Cup 2020 Silver
IBSA Tashkent Grand Prix 2019 Silver
IBSA Paralympic Qualifier 2019 Silver
IBSA Baku Grand Prix 2019 Gold
IBSA Atyrau World Cup 2018 Silver
IBSA Infraero De Judo Grand Prix 2018 Gold
IBSA Tashkent World Cup 2017 Silver
IBSA VI Grand Prix Birmingham 2016 Bronze
IBSA Soeul World Games 2015 Bronze
IBSA Eger World Cup 2015 7th
IBSA Infraero De Judo Grand Prix 2014 Silver