WRIGHT Christopher < Back  
Sport Swimming
CGA Australia   
Gender Men
Born 07 May 1988 in Cairns, AUS
Height1.86 m
Weight 89 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Family Partner Melanie Schlanger
Residence Gold Coast, QLD, AUS
Occupation Athlete, Student
Languages English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He took up swimming at age seven.
Why this sport? He began the sport because his swim school teacher thought he was good enough to go into a training squad.
Club / Team Southport Olympic SC: Gold Coast, QLD, AUS
Name of coach Glenn Baker
Coach from which country? Australia
Coach from what year? 2010
International Debut
Year 2008
Competing for Australia
Tournament World Short Course Championships
Location Manchester
General Interest
Nicknames Pup, Wrighty (Swimming Australia, 16 Jun 2010)
Hobbies Watching cricket or rugby on a Sunday afternoon, playing cricket with friends, taking his dogs to the beach, watching TV. (Swimming Australia, 16 Jun 2010; chriswrightswim.com.au, 22 Mar 2012)
Memorable sporting achievement Breaking the Australian record for the 200m butterfly. (chriswrightswim.com.au, 2012)
Most influential person in career His parents. (Swimming Australia, 16 Jun 2010)
Hero / Idol US swimmer Michael Phelps and Australian cricketer Ricky Ponting. (Swimming Australia, 16 Jun 2010)
Injuries He suffered a serious back injury in 2011 which almost forced him to retire from swimming. The injury caused him to miss the bulk of the 2011 season. (cairns.com.au, 22 Mar 2012; olympics.com.au, 15 Mar 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto "If you believe enough, it will happen." (Queensland Academy of Sport, 24 Jul 2009)
Famous relatives He is a cousin of Australian swimmer Susie O'Neill. (olympics.com.au, 15 Mar 2012)

His partner Melanie Schlanger also competes for Australia in swimming. (melanieschlanger.com.au, 25 Jun 2013)
Ambitions To compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (chriswrightswim.com.au, 27 Aug 2012)
Other information AMBASSADOR
He is an ambassador for the Ponting Foundation, a charity established to help raise money for young Australians with cancer and their families. He is also an ambassador and mentor for the Stride Organisation, working with young people and their communities to help improve their mental, physical and social wellbeing. (chriswrightswim.com.au, 2012)