Dewi Jones attended a business networking event on 8th November and was hugely inspired by a key note speech by Chris Holmes MBE. He is GB’s most decorated Paralympic Swimmer and we would really like to share his exceptional story with you.
Chris Holmes is the man who led the London 2012 Paralympic Games team to stage, in the words of the IPC President, “The greatest Paralympic Games ever”.
He took the Games to a global scale; they were the first Games to achieve worldwide television audiences in the hundreds of millions, the first Games to have all the Olympic sponsors also signed to the Paralympics and the first games to sell out all the stadia for every session.
Over his sporting career Chris won nine Paralympic gold medals, a string of World and European titles and broke 35 World Records.
Despite losing his sight overnight aged 14, Chris went on to achieve straight As at A level and study politics at Cambridge, during which time he won 6 medals at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona aged only 20.
Following his success in Barcelona, Chris was awarded an MBE for his services to sport. He went on to compete in Atlanta in 1996 and Sydney in 2000, winning a further 3 Gold medals.
Prior to being appointed Paralymic Director of Paralympic Integration at London 2012, Chris worked as a commercial lawyer with a leading City practice. He is currently a non executive Director at UK Sport. Responsible for the funding for the Great Britain Olympic and Paralympic teams who won 29 and 34 gold medals respectively at this summer’s Games.
Chris previously served on the board, audit and legal committees of the Disability Rights commission where he was a Non Executive Director for five and a half years