Chris loved learning to swim and his parents wasted no time getting him into swim classes so he could enjoy the water... Chris distinctly remembers living for each swimming lesson every Saturday morning, which led to an impressive career.

After competing for Great Britain for nearly 10 years Chris hung up the trunks and retired from international swimming as he now works with young people in schools, charities and organisations to help inspire them to find and follow their passion, to give their best and to challenge themselves.

Giving Back

While at the Trust, Chris has delivered on a variety of programmes including National Citizens Service, Get on Track and AQA Unlocking Potential.


2003 – British & Commonwealth Record Holder 100m Breaststroke
2004 – Olympic Games, Athens, Greece, 200m breaststroke, Semi Final
2005 – European Bronze medallist in 4x50m medley relay, Trieste, Italy. European Championships
2006 – Double Commonwealth Champion, Commonwealth Record Holder, Melbourne, Australia
2006 – Bronze Medallist World Championship, 50m Breaststroke, Shanghai, China
2006 – Bronze Medallist European championships, Hungary. European Champs, 4x100m medley relay
2006 – BBC North East Sports Personality of the Year
2008 – British & Commonwealth Record, 1st British male to break 60 seconds, (59.88) 100m breaststroke
2008 – Olympic Finalist, Beijing, Olympic Games, 6th Position 4x100m medley relay (British Record)