Chris Holmes MBE
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, 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.
Chris is also Britain’s most successful Paralympic swimmer ever winning nine gold medals, six at a single games.
Despite losing his sight overnight aged 14, Chris gained straight A’s at A level and got to CambridgeUniversity from a comprehensive school. While still at University Chris won six gold medals at the Barcelona Games in 1992, a feat never equalled by any Briton. He went on to compete in Atlanta in 1996 and Sydney in 2000 winning a further three gold medals.
Prior to being Director of Paralympic Integration at London 2012 Chris was a commercial lawyer at a leading City practice. He is 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 is a former Non- executive Director of the Disability Rights Commission where he served on the board, audit and legal committees for five and a half years.
Chris was also an ambassador to the successful London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games bid where he was closely involved in securing the top sporting prize for this country.
Chris is a patron of Help for Heroes, the Youth Sport Trust and the British Paralympic Association.