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Chris Nunn


Chris Nunn is motivated by getting the best out of people. As an athlete he represented Australia at the Commonwealth Games, and then transferred his knowledge and motivation across to become one of the world’s most successful Paralympic Coaches. He led the Australian Athletics Team to be the best in the world at the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games and was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for his services to people with an impairment.

Given Chris’ expertise in coach development he was Manager for Coach Services at the 2008 Paralympic Games and was soon after appointed as the Senior Manager for High Performance for the Australian Paralympic Committee. Chris’ ability to build a Team was reflective of the “unity” experienced by members of the 13 sports representing Australia as part of the 2012 Paralympic Team which is regarded as the best “Team feel” ever experienced at a Games.

Chris’ understanding of people and his ability to determine the appropriate methods for self-improvement, complimented with an understanding as to how each individual contributes to the Team environment ensure he is able to draw the best out in people and challenge them towards improving.

Chris’ dedication to whatever he does is highly regarded and he has received the Order of Australia Medal (2002), the Dawn Fraser Coach Award (2000), Paralympic Coach of the Year award (1998) and the Rotary International Paul Harris Fellowship in recognition of the work he has done during his time as a coach. He was inducted into the ACT Sports Hall of Fame in 2016

Internationally recognised for his leadership qualities and strategic thinking Chris has been a Key Note Presenter at conferences in Singapore, England, Sweden, Ireland, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and throughout Australia.

Chris’ has a passion for people working towards reaching their potential. When coaching athletes, he realised early in his career that their success was reliant on the quality of officiating they received when performing. He is therefore passionate about assisting officials become the best they can be. He believes that great athletes performing under the guidance of great officials produces great sport.

Chris is now an international consultant working with Olympic and Paralympic Committees with an emphasis on coach development, leadership and mentoring. He considers the critical factor in leadership is for the individual to understand themselves before attempting to lead others. Organisations which invest in their people will achieve a higher level of performance. “Build a better person, get a better result”

Chris Nunn
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