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Local cruise company sponsors Wroughton-based Paralympian ahead of World Championships – Swindon Link

By Jessica Durston – 3 October 2022


  • Chris Hunt Skelley MBE PLY with Robin Deller, CEO of Think about Cruising

Judo Paralympian Chris Hunt Skelley MBE PLY has acquired a funding increase forward of the Judo World Championships with a sponsorship cope with Think about Cruising.

Chris is the present world #1 in his weight class (+90kg) and Paralympic champion, profitable gold within the Tokyo 2020 video games.

His most up-to-date success got here in Brazil within the Sao Paulo IBSA Grand Prix, the place he received gold.

Following his win in Brazil, Skelley will compete within the World Judo Visually Impaired Championships in Azerbaijan which happen in November. These championships are the primary of the qualifying occasions for the 2024 Paralympic Video games in Paris.

Chris stated: “It’s an vital second in my general aggressive ambitions and, now that I’m residence from Brazil, I’m eager to get again to coaching in order that I can begin to put together for November.

“I’m actually grateful for the assist proven by Think about Cruising. Their sponsorship will assist me to grasp my ambitions to go Azerbaijan and to carry out to my finest on the World Championships with the longer-term objective of qualifying for Paris in 2024. It means a lot to me.”

Swindon-based Think about Cruising was launched in 2011 by Robin Deller and Natalie Maye. With a small workforce, the founders stated they wished to introduce one thing ‘genuinely completely different’ to the world of cruising, providing new vacation alternatives to extra individuals. 

The corporate now pairs cruises with immersive excursions, in order that relatively than merely flying to a rustic to set off on a cruise, prospects will get to see and expertise that vacation spot nation as effectively. The pairing is claimed to have been successful with the corporate now working in 5 nations, with greater than 250 employees, sending greater than 50,000 individuals on cruise holidays worldwide yearly.

Robin Deller, CEO of Think about Cruising stated: “We’re actually joyful to be sponsoring Chris and to assist him compete within the World Championships and past. We felt that it was an vital alternative to assist a world-class native athlete and to play an element in his journey to the following Paralympics.”

Chris Hunt Skelley is registered blind. He began his judo journey when he was 5 years previous, and located a profession in rugby appeared seemingly till he skilled sight loss as a young person.

Following intense testing he was identified with ocular albinism on the age of 19. That is a genetic situation which  contains the photophobia and blurred imaginative and prescient signs he had been residing with all his life. He says judo saved him going as he got here to phrases with being registered blind. 

Robin Deller added: “The workforce right here at Think about Cruising are impressed by athletes like Chris who empower others to be all that they are often and we admire his willpower to be among the many finest Paralympians on this planet in his sport.” 

Chris has been coaching on the British Judo Olympic and Paralympic Nationwide Coaching Centre in Walsall since 2013 and trains for as much as 4 periods per day, at the least 5 days per week.

He was introduced together with his MBE earlier this yr by HRH Prince Charles for providers to judo at a ceremony at Windsor Fortress.

Chris divides his time between Walsall and Wroughton, the place he lives together with his fiancée Louise Hunt PLY. To seek out out extra about him, people can go to https://www.chrisskelley.co.uk



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