Professional Hampshire CCC cricketer Chris Wood has joined the gambling-harm minimisation consultancy EPIC Risk Management as Pro-Sport Facilitator.
Chris recently opened up about his 11-year battle with a gambling addiction, which he has battled throughout a highly successful cricketing career, having helped his county Hampshire to win four white-ball trophies since making his debut in 2010.
“I’m delighted to be joining the fantastic team here at EPIC Risk Management. After an 11-year gambling addiction, I’ve found the process of admitting to my problem and opening up about my experience a liberating one. I spent years in fear of opening up and I’m passionate to help others to speak out sooner, to seek help, and ultimately, look at ways to educate others to not get to the point I did with such a harmful addiction,” Chris Wood said.
“I have been aware of the work EPIC have done, via the fantastic work they have done with Professional Cricketers’ Association, and I’m excited to be joining an organisation who passionately work to take the problem out of gambling through education, using our own lived experience and providing advice and support. Personally, this provides me with the opportunity to enhance my recovery, working alongside some brilliant people. I’m very much looking forward to contributing,” Chris Wood added.
“This is a very significant addition to the team at EPIC Risk Management. Chris has carved out a highly successful career as a professional sportsman, winning some of the highest honours domestic cricket can offer and yet, has done so whilst battling a gambling addiction,” Paul Buck, CEO of EPIC Risk Management, said.
“We want to make athletes aware of the potentially destructive financial implications and health issues that out-of-control gambling can cause. To equip them with the knowledge and tools for them to make well-informed decisions, reducing distraction and maximising performance. To have an athlete of Chris’ standing, ability, and lived experience bringing this message to life can enhance our work, work that we passionately believe can save lives. It’s a real coup for us and for the work in reducing gambling-related harm,” Paul Buck added.