By Gary Anderson

November 26 - The APC has appointed a new Chef de Mission for Sochi 2014 who will be working with the likes of Vancouver 2010 silver medallist Marty Mayberry © Getty Images The Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) today announced the appointment of Chris Nunn as the team's Chef de Mission for Sochi 2014. 

Nunn takes over the role from Kate McLoughlin, the first female Chef de Mission appointed by the APC, but announced earlier this month that she was stepping down from the position due to family commitments.

Nunn, 58, has over 30 years of administrative and coaching experience in high performance sport and is the APC's current coach performance manager.

"Chris has worked closely with our winter squad over the past year and coupled with his expertise gained over three decades and six Paralympic Games, he is well equipped to do an outstanding job in creating the optimal performance environment," said APC chief executive Jason Hellwig.

"We're in the position of being able to appoint someone with Chris's specialist area of knowledge because of the work that has already been done under the leadership of Kate McLoughlin, our general manager of teams and events.

"The advanced level of operational planning and preparation has put us in fantastic shape and allows Chris to come on board and focus fully on helping this team win medals."

The Victorian has vast experience in Australian Paralympic sport having been involved with the athletics squad at a number of summer Games, beginning at Seoul 1988 and he was named as head coach of the athletics team at Sydney 2000.

He was also head of coach services at Beijing 2008 and London 2012.

Nunn will be looking to improve on Australia's 16th place finish at Vancouver 2010 where the squad picked up one silver and three bronze medals.

Cameron Rahles Rahbula (right) was one of Australia's top performers at Vancouver 2010 claiming two bronze medals © Getty ImagesCameron Rahles Rahbula (right) was one of Australia's top performers at Vancouver 2010 claiming two bronze medals ©Getty Images

Although Australian athletes will be competing in only two sports at Sochi 2014 - alpine skiing and snowboard cross - Nunn is confident that he can help the team achieve its aim of a top 15 finish next year.

"Kate has laid a brilliant foundation for this Games campaign," he said.

"It's my job to follow in her footsteps and concentrate on ensuring every member of the team is ready to perform at their peak.

"Being part of an Australian Paralympic team is always an honour and I'm again honoured to share this experience with an incredible bunch of individuals.

"I think I can bring a lot to this role and feel like I have a good idea of what to expect because there isn't much I haven't seen or dealt with at a Paralympic Games over the years.

"I have no doubt my experiences can help our athletes, coaches and staff if they need it, and I'm very confident we can achieve some big things as a team over the next few months."

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