Kriss Akabusi began his International career in 1983 as a member of the 4 x 400 metre relay squad. It was a momentous occasion when he helped Britain clinch the Gold in the 400m relay, beating the Americans in the World Championships in Tokyo in 1991.
When he won a Gold medal in the 1990 European Championships, Kriss also beat David Hemery’s 22-year-old British Record.
And what of Kriss’s earlier career?
In 1975, Kriss joined up as a trainee data telegraphist in the Royal Signals and he transferred to the Army Physical Training Corps in 1981. He served three tours of duty with various infantry battalions and was discharged into the reserves with an exemplary record in 1990 as a warrant Officer Class 2.
The media first identified Kriss’s wonderful character and positive personality whilst he was a competing athlete. He was invited to present the Big Breakfast in 1993. This was followed rapidly with a full time position as a co-presenter on Record Breakers. He has gone on to present various children’s programmes, in particular Saturday morning television. He appears regularly on various programmes such as game and chat shows, and always enjoys appearing, especially if the brief is fun and entertaining. Appearances are not restricted to television; he can often be heard on the radio debating serious topics of the day too.
Kriss is a fantastic speaker with a broad appeal. He exudes a positive attitude and remains inspirational.