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Chris Skelley made his Paralympic debut at Rio 2016.
A former rugby player, Skelley started judo as a way of improving his fitness, while he also enjoyed the sociable element of the sport.
After developing a visual impairment, Skelley lost his job as a mechanic and became a full time athlete. He now trains full time at the Centre of Excellence in Walsall, where the VI judoka train alongside their Olympic counterparts.
Away from Paralympic competition, Skelley’s greatest career highlight was the 2015 World Games in Seoul, South Korea, where he triumphed to win a bronze medal just six weeks after dislocating his hip in training.
At Rio 2016 Skelley narrowly missed out on a podium place, edged out in a tactical bronze medal fight with Cuba’s Yodani Sastre in the -100kg category.
Since Rio, Chris has gone on to win a bronze medal at the 2017 European Championships, 2018 World Championships and the 2019 European Championships.
2019 European Championships, Genoa, Italy
2018 World Championships, Lisbon, Portugal
2017 European Championships, Walsall, UK
2015 World Games, Seoul, South Korea
2015 European Championships, Lisbon, Portugal
Joint the ParalympicsGB movement
The ParalympicsGB movement
20 November 2018
"Always find a way in the end" - tbh by Chris Skelley
17 November 2018