Ryse Energy steps in to help Wiltshire-based Judo star realise paralympic dream

By Nick Batten on 11 January, 2024

Global leader in decentralized renewable energy systems Ryse Energy has stepped up to sponsor Paralympian Chris Hunt Skelley MBE as he attempts to become a double medal winner at this year’s Paralympic Games as part of Paralympics GB. 

The 30-year-old who lives in Wroughton with his wife Louise and trains in the Midlands is on track to qualify to compete in the Paris2024 Paralympics this summer. 

He aims to achieve something that’s 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 of judo in Tokyo however his weight category has now been scrapped – and he’s 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 an impact-driven, innovative, decentralized renewable energy technology company with 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, USA, Spain and Sri Lanka. Its HQ is in Blackpool. 

Alistair Munro, company founder and Chief Executive Officer, 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.”

Supporting Chris is also personal for Alistair who 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.” 

Chris added, “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.”

For more information about Chris visit: https://chrishuntskelley.co.uk

Pictured: (top of page) Chris Hunt Skelley MBE