Kris was a talented individual; kind and considerate, with the ability to get along with everyone he met. He was prepared to have a go at anything and everything, always willing to help whatever, with time for everyone and he always had a smile on his face.
Kris was born in Bradwell Village, Milton Keynes, on September 12, 1990, and right from the very first second, Kris made an instant impression with his arrival; being born in between the family home and the ambulance. Throughout his life, he was enthusiastic, passionate, dedicated and determined to achieve the very best he could, not just for himself, but for everyone he worked with.
His love of sport began at an early age, even at a pre-school fun day, he was very keen to take part, determined to do the very best that he could in any event. Once at school, this sporting prowess continued to come to the fore, and every sports day, be it competing as an individual or team member, he was keen to win, and encouraged everyone.
Middle school saw bigger challenges, one was the annual Schools Cross Country Championships, and here Kris followed on from where his older brother Tom had left off, and was ultimately challenging to be the overall champion. As was the norm for young boys, football was also a big passion, and he was proud to support Newcastle United – why was never known! He began his ‘football career’ with Roman Park Rangers, a local team set up and run by parents, several seasons saw varied success for the teams in which he played, from u7s through to u10s.
Not content with just his football, he kept up his running outside of school, joining Milton Keynes Athletic Club, and was coached by Barry Hearn, who saw potential in this youngster. He tried to persuade Kris to give up the football and concentrate on running, but did not succeed. Just to prove he was multi-talented, he then took up Ice Hockey, after some skating lessons saw him keen to start playing. He began playing for the juniors at Milton Keynes Kings, starting in the under 10’s, progressing to the u12s, before eventually deciding he had other interests in sport that needed more time.
Kris managed to combine football, running, ice hockey and anything else he could find the time to fit in, with every minute possible dedicated to one or another sporting activity. His time playing football saw him move from Roman Park Rangers to Stantonbury Colts, and after some very good seasons, a move to Mortenville for one season, saw a move back closer to home as a spell beckoned with Old Stratford. During his spell at Stratford, realising that something had to give, he eventually decided it was the ice hockey that was to be dropped and his running commitments were reduced. Kris also spent four seasons with the Rushden and Diamonds Elite Academy, with several trips abroad to represent the club, and with games against some bigger named football clubs Academy sides, this was a real challenge to his football skills.
During his secondary school years at Stantonbury Campus, the sports participation grew, with running still high on the agenda, and in particular the cross country once again, where he excelled winning local and county events, which then led to the opportunity to compete at the national championships. He also continued to run for MKAC, taking part in the Chiltern League for several seasons, managing to win some of his races along the way. Kris turned his hand to many other sports, being successful at Tennis, Golf, Field Hockey to name a few – basically if a team or event needed somebody, Kris was there and willing to give it a go. His sporting ability saw him given the ideal position of Grafton Hall sports captain, his approach ideally suited to the role.
During his school curriculum, work experience saw his mind set towards a future career. A spell working for Mark Booth and staff at Body Limits – a sports injury, rehab and gym – Kris was inspired by the experience, and set his sights on helping sports people to not only return from injury, but to make sure they stayed healthy and fit to prevent injury. Physiotherapy was his first desire, and with University in his sights, he spotted a potential gap in the industry that he could fit into, and he decided Sports Conditioning was a good area for him to focus on. Having decided not to go to University in the first instance, he found himself undertaking distance learning whilst working for Body Limits to be the way forward. A chance to further his knowledge saw him take an internship position with the Tennis Academy based at Loughborough and Nottingham Universities in association and run by Sport981. This intern place led him to, as usual, look for more areas in which he could gain even more skills and knowledge, and here he made contact with the Basketball fraternity via the women’s University side at Loughborough. This also gave him the opportunity to work with the Leicester Riders team and organisation. After the season, he was looking to continue with the team, keen to gain more skills and knowledge; he was offered a spell with Coventry City Football club, as a Strength and Conditioning intern, before heading back to the Riders. Before his return, he found what he described as an amazing opportunity, with the High Performance Centre at the University of Hertfordshire. Here he felt was a route to Rio 2016; potentially an opportunity to be at the Olympic Games in some capacity other than just a as spectator.
He had many pastimes and interests, sport being the most high profile of all, as he loved to watch and attend any sport he could, from formula 1 to speedway and to play anything, from snooker to board games. The summer of 2012 and the London Olympic Games saw Kris in his element, with so much sport to watch and the opportunity to go to see so many top sports stars live in action, he was definitely inspired.