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Chris Nunn

Discover how all-rounder Chris Nunn has been making a difference in Paralympic sport.

Chris Nunn has been an all-rounder throughout his sporting career and post-competition life, and has never shied away from taking on new challenges.

Chris represented Australia in the decathlon at the Brisbane 1982 Commonwealth Games but injury forced him to retire from competition. It was not long afterwards that Chris turned his attention to coaching and completed a Bachelor of Education, in physical education and biology, at the South Australian College of Advanced Education (now the University of South Australia).

In 1990, after teaching for four years, Chris and his wife Vicki opened a general store in Port Vincent on South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula. But Chris’ retirement from sport was brief and, only one year later, he was offered a coaching position in the Australian Institute of Sport’s new Athletes with a Disability program. He held this position for five years before being promoted to Head Coach of the program in 1996.

After another four successful years, which included the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games, Chris became head coach of the AIS Track and Field program, a position he held until 2003.

Chris has received numerous awards for coaching, including the Medal of the Order of Australia for his contribution to disability sport, the Australian Paralympic Committee Coach of the Year (1998) and the Confederation of Australian Sport Dawn Fraser Award. He also served as Chairman of the Athletics Committee of the International Sports Organisation for the Disabled from 1994 to 1996.

In 2004 Chris helped fund the establishment of a Kings learn-to-swim school in Canberra, which opened in 2006. In 2009 Chris moved away from the management-side of the business to make time for his current position as a High Performance Manager for the Australian Paralympic Committee.

Chris and Vicki Nunn have four children aged between 11 and 18 and are both heavily involved in local athletics.

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