New sponsor steps in to help judo star realise Paralympic dream

By Barrie Hudson - 10 January 2024

  • Chris Hunt Skelley MBE

    Chris Hunt Skelley MBE

Ryse Energy has stepped up to sponsor Wroughton Paralympian Chris Hunt Skelley MBE.

  • Alistair Munro

    Alistair Munro

The firm, a global leader in decentralised renewable energy systems, will help Chris as he attempts to become a double medal winner at the Paralympic Games as part of Paralympics GB. 

The 30-year-old, who is married to fellow Paralympian Louise, trains in the Midlands is on track to qualify to compete in the Paris 2024 Paralympics. 

His aim is to achieve something which has  not been done in over 25 years in his sport – to get a medal in two Paralympic Games in different weight categories. 

Chris won gold in his sport in Tokyo, but his weight category has now been scrapped and he is competing in the new +90 kg category. 

He said: “I’m so grateful to Alistair and his team at Ryse Energy for seeing something in me and for helping me to achieve my dreams. 

"It’s tough to lead a life like this, costs are extremely high. I’m very humbled when a company like Ryse Energy invests in me.”

Ryse Energy is proud to describe itself as an impact-driven, innovative, decentralized renewable energy technology company, and has more than 180,000 installations across all seven continents.  

The company is a primary manufacturer of high-performance small wind turbines, with a range of products from micro to medium capacity. It has bases in the UK, the UAE, the USA, Spain and Sri Lanka. Its HQ is in Blackpool. 

Alistair Munro is company founder and CEO, and supporting Chris is personal for him as he was himself a World Champion in white water canoeing in his sporting career in the 1970s and 1980s. He went on to become a coach and a mentor in his sport. 

Alistair said: “Chris is an inspiration, everything about him and what he has gone through and achieved so far is incredible. In judo, there is no hiding place. 

"It’s wonderful for Ryse Energy to be able to give back in this way to sponsor Chris – and other young talent – enabling them to have the opportunities that I once had.” 

Speaking of the firm, Alistair said: “Our portfolio of wind technology is the most diverse and advanced in the sector. We offer wind and solar as standalone technologies either grid-connected or off-grid with energy storage. 

"We hybridize our wind technology with solar PV and energy storage to create bespoke and reliable solutions across a variety of sectors, from decarbonizing infrastructure such as telecoms and oil and gas, to community power for rural electrification.”

The early part of this year will see Chris compete in grand prix judo events in Germany, Turkey and Georgia to qualify for Paris2024 and then to be seeded. He was world number one for most of last year. 

He said: “I’m so very grateful for the support of Ryse Energy and my other sponsors who enable me to compete at the highest level. I have everything to go for in 2024 and I’m determined to make every day count. 

"None of this would be possible without the support of my wife, my family, my team and my sponsors."

More information about Chris can be found at



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