Chris began his open water swimming career in Surf lifesaving and quickly began to travel and compete in the big open water races in Ireland in his teens. In 2010 he became the first Irishman to qualify for European Open Water Championships in Budapest, where his international competitive career went from strength to strength. Chris qualified for every senior Irish squad at European and World Championship level since 2010; competing in the 5 km, 10 km and 25 km marathon open water events. He achieved multiple European 5km and 10 km cup victories. In World Championships he placed 8th at 5 km in 2011 and 16th at 10 km in 2013.

Chris had the privilege of training in Ireland’s first established swimming performance centre in the University of Limerick under the guidance of numerous internationally recognised coaches over a period of ten years.

Throughout his professional career he took place in over 40 international open water races including a number of long distance international swims beyond the regular Olympic 10 km distance including: Hel to Gdynia, Poland, 19.5 km in 2012 and 2013; Fina Grand Prix Sabac, Serbia, 3rd place, 19 km, 2012; Fina Grand Prix Lake Orhid, Macedonia, 33 km, 2012; Fina Grand Prix Cancun, Mexico, 15 km, 2012; European Championships Berlin, Germany, 9th place, 25km, 2014.

Chris also established the first annual Malbay swim in County Clare beginning in 2017.