Chris Harris started his rowing career at Whanganui High School and Aramaho Whanganui Rowing Club in 2002 when he was 17 years old.
He made his first New Zealand appearance in the U23 men’s coxless four in 2007. The crew won the silver medal at the World Rowing U23 Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. Chris’s next New Zealand selection came in 2010 when he was part of the elite men’s sweep squad. He was later selected in the men’s eight for the home World Rowing Championships at Karapiro where the crew finished 5th. Chris spent 2011 in the elite men’s four and helped to qualify the boat for the London Olympics by finishing 8th at the World Rowing Championships. His crew finished 11th at the 2012 London Games before Chris took a break from the sport.
He returned with two oars rather than one in 2014 in the men’s quadruple sculls before teaming up with Robbie Manson in the men’s double in 2015. The duo came home with a bronze medal from the World Rowing Championships in Aiguebelette, France, and therefore qualified the boat for Rio in 2016 where the double finished 11th. Chris linked up with John Storey in the same boat class in 2017 and the duo finished the international season unbeaten and became world champions in Sarasota, Florida. In 2018 the same double finished with a bronze medal, in what was a difficult year for team.
Off the water, Chris holds a Bachelor of Engineering with honours from Massey University and works as an engineer at Wilkinson Transport Engineers. Chris and his partner Gemma welcomed a baby boy, Hunter, earlier in 2019 and have a beagle named Twix.