As Head Coach of Australia’s Paralympic Athletics Team and as the former Athletics Head Coach at the Australian Institute of Sport, Christopher Nunn has forged a career bringing out the best in people and hence is the perfect role model for up and coming athletes.
Chris has dedicated the best part of twenty years to coaching athletes, including those with disabilities, at the elite level, many who have excelled in the international arena, setting world records, winning Paralympic Gold medals and World Championships. His leadership resulted in the most successful Australian Paralympic Team ever in the 2000 Paralympics.
Chris’ dedication is widely recognised – he received the Order of Australia Medal in 2002, the Dawn Fraser Coach Award in 2000 and the Paralympic Coach of the Year Award in 1998.
Now eclipsed by his magnificent coaching career, Chris’ own sport endeavours on the field were also significant. As an athlete he represented Australia at the 1982 Commonwealth Games as a decathlete. Although not a previous PSG participant Chris did compete at the school-based national championships at the state level which he says certainly encouraged his participation in athletics.
Trained as a physical education and biology teacher, Chris now manages a swimming pool in Canberra where 1,900 children attend swimming lessons each week. “It allows me the opportunity to earn a living from sport”. He is also a popular speaker at sporting and business conferences on topics that revolve around the themes of motivation, leadership and team management. His expertise on athletes with a disability is also much sought after and he has held many positions on committees concentrating on facilitating their involvement in sporting competitions – including as Chair of the International Sports Organisation for the Disabled Athletics Committee.
Chris’ ultimate goal is “to earn a living through work which enables me to create the correct environment in which people can strive to reach their full potential”.