Chris’s personal and professional life is inextricably linked to sport, he is involved in campaigns to improve participation in sports, was part of the Channel 4 broadcast team for 2016 Paralympics in Rio and is being consulted by Tokyo Olympic organisers.

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Chris welcomes Commons Report into Accessible Stadia

Top of the league clubs: Derby County, Wrexham, Tranmere Rovers, Egham Town; all have been named as examples of excellence in making their clubs truly welcoming of disabled supporters. You will note that none of these clubs are in the Premier League. In Sept 2015 the Premier League promised to make all clubs accessible to […]

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Reflecting on Rio – Paralympics 2016

Just over two weeks before the Rio Paralympics began I wrote in The Times that “the Rio 2016 organising committee in Brazil has given a flagrant two-finger salute to the Paralympics. The Games will, sadly, be remembered for abject failure — save for the sensational performances of the athletes, no doubt, who will be forced to […]

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Tokyo Olympics 2020

Mr Masazoe, Governor of Tokyo, met up with Chris and Philip Craven, Chair of the IPC, on a recent London visit. Mr Masazoe and his team were seeking advice on how to achieve a truly successful “barrier free” Paralympics. Chris was able to speak about the lessons he learnt as Director of Paralympic Integration at London […]

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Chris welcomes Premier League pledge to improve access for disabled supporters

Chris welcomes the Premier League statement, which promises that all clubs will comply with the Accessible Stadia Guide by August 2017. There has been a long campaign to improve stadium facilities for disabled supporters and increase the numbers of wheelchair spaces, for years substantially fewer at most clubs than the numbers recommended in official guidance. On Monday, the government […]

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UKTI Global Sports Projects Conference Chris Holmes Keynote

UKTI Global Sports Projects Conference

Chris delivered the key note opening speech to delegates at 2015 UKTI Global Sports Projects Conference. His combination of insights gathered as an elite athlete over the course of his long and successful career, coupled with the experiences gained in his key LOCOG role as the Director of Paralympic Integration for London2012, ensured he was the […]

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With Sports Minister Helen Grant at launch of inclusive rugby event

Update on campaign to get more women and ethnic minorities to play rugby (and cricket and football…..)

Chris knows, from his own personal experience, all about the opportunity that sport can provide for people and its unique power to transform lives and inspire others. The fact is that some groups, particularly women and girls, Asians, Muslims and disabled people, have disproportionately low rates of participation in sport – as players, spectators, volunteers, officials and employees. […]

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Giving keynote speech at UN Inclusive Sport Conference in Korea

UN Inclusive Sport Conference

For the first time since participating in the Seoul Games in 1988, Chris travelled back to Korea to give the keynote speech at the 2014 Inclusive Sport and Society Forum. The Forum was organised by the Korean Paralympic Committee just ahead of the Incheon 2014 Asian Para Games and was attended by UN Special Advisor on Sport, Wilfried Lemke, and […]

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