Remkes was born in the Philippines, but moved to Australia at a young age. He trained with coach Yu Bo at the GYM-JETS club in South Australia, before making the move to the National Centre of Excellence in Canberra to further enhance his gymnastics career.
Competing in the National Championships in 2012, Remkes was able to make an instant impact, finishing in the top five in all bar one apparatus – Floor, where he came seventh. Highlights included second placings on the Pommel Horse, Rings, Parallel Bars and the High Bar, and secured a fourth place in the All-Around final.
Remkes finally broke through for his first gold medal in 2013, becoming Australian Level 10 Champion in the Pommel Horse. His effort allowed him to represent Australia at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival, and was part of the team which secured a bronze medal in the process. Remkes also finished no lower than 12th in every apparatus, including an impressive fifth place finish in Floor.
A gold medal in the Senior Vault competition in 2014’s National Championships allowed Remkes to represent Australia in the World Championships in Nanning, where he finished in 147th on Vault, and 107th on Floor.
Remkes broke through for his first gold medal on Floor in the 2015 National Championships, with his extreme tumbles and well executed landings and then again in 2016 taking home a gold on floor and vault.
In early 2017, Remkes went on to represent Australia at the AGF trophy in Baku where he was undoubtly the highlight of the meet for the Australian gymnasts with his gold medal-winning performance in the Vault final. Chris nailed the execution on both of his bailts in the final, scoring 14.733 and 15.00 on his Tsuk double pike (a landing that he could not have stuck any better if he tried!), to finish with an average total score of 14.866!
To consolidate this performance further, Remkes took home the silver medal on his home turf at the Melbourne World Cup, just behind Japan's Kenzo Shirai.
Chris Remkes never failures to impress us with his talent and is becoming one of Australia's olympic hopefuls in Gymnastics at the next Olympic Games in Tokyo, 2020.