Chris Holmes, Baron Holmes of RichmondMBE (born 15 October 1971) is a former British swimmer. He won a total of nine golds, five silvers, and one bronze medal at the Paralympic Games. Holmes represented Great Britain at four Paralympics, from 1988 to 2000. He is blind. It was announced that he would be elevated to the House of Lords in August 2013, as a Conservative party peer.
Holmes was already a swimmer with the goal of representing his country when he became blind as a teenager due to Familial exudative vitreoretinopathy, a genetic eye disorder. He joined a Birmingham club where he committed to the same training regime as other sighted swimmers aspiring to the Olympics. He went on to study politics at Cambridge, and became a Paralympic activist, in particular drawing attention to the issues of equal accommodations and facilities for Paralympic athletes.