Classification: 2.0

Date of birth: 11/07/91

Home town: Welwyn

Club: London Wheelchair Rugby Club

Disability: Spinal injury

Initially a keen footballer, Chris found a passion for golf during his teens. With a handicap down to just 2, and a collection of Junior Open and scratch medals to his name, Chris was confident he knew what the future held. He enrolled at the Sports Academy for Golf in Colchester, and was studying for a B.Tech in Sports Evaluation and Performance, when the car he was a passenger in crashed in November 2008.

Like many of the GB squad members, Chris undertook his rehab at the spinal unit at Stoke Mandeville. He was introduced to wheelchair rugby by the unit’s sports therapist but, initially concerned with just getting on with life, Chris returned home to assess his options.

In 2010 he joined the London club and became inspired by the players with the same function as him, who had far greater independence and ability. Chris worked hard to improve his strength and speed and was put on the reserve list for London 2012. Chris was selected to the full squad in 2013, named vice captain in March 2014 and appointed national Captain in July 2015. In September 2015 he led the GB team to reclaim the European title after 8 years.

Chris made his Paralympic debut at the 2016 Rio Paralympic games where along with his Vice-captain Gavin Walker, he remained Captain.

In July 2017, Chris again led the team to victory as they successfully defended their European title in Germany. Chris continues to be an integral part of the team and will remain Captain at the Quad Nations held in Leicester in March 2018.

Playing history

2018 World Championships, Australia – 4th

2017 European Championships, Germany – 1st

2016 Rio Paralympics – 5th

2016 Canada Cup – 5th

2016 Paralympic Test Event, Rio – 1st

2015 BT World Wheelchair Rugby Challenge – 5th

2015 European Championships, Finland – 1st

2014 World Championships, Denmark – 5th

2014 Canada Cup – 4th