Christopher Wright

Christopher Geoffrey Wright was born in Cairns, Australia on the 7th of May 1988. He started competitive swimming at the age of seven after his learn to swim teacher identified his obvious talent. Early on in his childhood career Chris favoured backstroke. At the age of ten he took a liking to butterfly and since then has never looked back. Chris swam for three different clubs in Cairns before making the move to Brisbane as an 18 year old to pursue his dream of representing Australia at a major swimming championship. He now swims under Coach Glenn Baker at the Southport Olympic Swimming Club on the Gold Coast.

Making his first long course team in 2009, Chris competed at the World Championships in Rome. It was at this meet that Chris first discovered the lure of international competition. He then went on to compete at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in the 100m and 200m butterfly, placing fourth in both events. He was also a member of the 2008 and 2010 World short course teams where again in 2010 he placed fourth in the 200m butterfly. At the 2009 Australian Short Course Championships in Hobart, Chris broke the 200m butterfly Australian Short Course Record with a time of 1:51.11. In 2014, this record still stands.

Chris experienced a minor setback at the start of 2011 after suffering with a back injury. This forced him out of the water and out of the 2011 World Championship Trials. In 2012, Chris realised his lifelong desire to compete for Australia at an Olympic games. Qualifying for the 100 and 200m Butterfly at the Olympic Trials is one of his most memorable moments. Chris went on to place 10th in both these events at the London Olympic Games. Finishing 2012 with a world ranking of 6th, Chris is excited about his future and the possibility of one day standing on the Podium at an International Competition.

In 2013 Chris qualified for the World Championships team in the 50m and 100m butterfly. He will admit it was not the best meet of his life but he shrugged that off and came back stronger in 2014 qualifying for his 2nd Commonwealth games in the 100m butterfly proving you can’t keep a good swimmer down.
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