10th January

New Sponsor for Paralympian Judo Star. Global leader in decentralized renewable energy systems Ryse Energy has stepped up to to the plate. They’re going to sponsor paralympian Chris Hunt Skelley MBE as he attempts to become a double medal winner at next year’s paralympic games as part of paralympics GB.

The thiry-year-old who lives in Wiltshire with his wife Louise and trains in the midlands is on track to qualify to compete in the Paris 2024 paralympics in the summer of next year. His aim is to achieve something not achieved in over twenty-five years in his sport. That being to get a medal in two paralympic games in different weight categories. Chris won gold in his sport of judo in Tokyo. But his weight category no longer exists so he’s competing in the new +90 kg category.

‘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 so high. I’m very humbled when a company like Ryse Energy invests in me.’

New Sponsor for Paralympian Judo Star - Chris Hunt Skelley
New Sponsor for Paralympian Judo Star – Chris Hunt Skelley

About Ryse Energy

Ryse Energy is an impact-driven, innovative, decentralized renewable energy technology company. It 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, USA, Spain and Sri Lanka. Its HQ is in Blackpool.

Alistair Munro is company founder and CEO.

He said: ‘Our portfolio of wind technology is the most diverse and advanced in the sector. We offer wind and solar as standalone technologies. They’re 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. This ranges 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. Thus enabling them to have the opportunities that I once had.’

Alistair Munro of Ryse Energy
Alistair Munro of Ryse Energy


In early 2024, Chris will be competing in three grand prix judo events in Germany, Turkey and Georgia to qualify for Paris2024 and then to get seeded. During 2023, he was world No 1 for most of the year and is currently ranked at No 2.

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,’ Chris said.

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

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