Wilmington, East Sussex
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James, who was born without both hands, started skiing on family holidays as a young child - but the sport truly became a passion after he met Nick Webborn, ParalympicsGB’s Chief Medical Officer at London 2012, during rehabilitation after suffering serious injuries in a boating accident. In 2013 he competed at his first World Championship in La Molina, Spain, where he finished 16th in giant slalom. A year later he made his debut for ParalympicsGB at Sochi 2014 where he produced confident performances in the technical events, ranking 14th in the giant slalom and 15th in the slalom.
Since then, key achievements have included top-ten finishes at the World Championships as well as multiple Europa Cup titles.
At the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games James finished in the top ten in both the downhill and slalom races and also competed in the giant slalom, super-G and super combined.
After PyeongChang, James stepped back from the sport to go to university, but still produced some great results at the 2019 World Championships in Kranjska Gora and Sella Nevea including 5th in Super-Combined and 8th in Slalom.
James returned to the team in 2021 at the delayed 2021 World Championships in Lillehammer, Norway, finishing just outside the top 10 in Slalom and Downhill, and in the top 20 in Giant Slalom and Super-G.
At Beijing 2022 James excelled, recording his best-ever finish at a Paralympic Games with sixth in the highly competitive men’s giant slalom standing which featured over 40 skiers.
In his spare time James is also a passionate sports car racer with his sights set on Le Mans.
2022 Beijing Paralympic Games
2018 PyeongChang Paralympic Games
Giant Slalom: 11th
Super Combined: 11th
2014 Sochi Paralympic Games
Giant slalom: 14th
2021 World Championships, Lillehammer, Norway
Giant Slalom: 18th
2019 World Championships, Italy/Slovenia
Super Combined: 5th
Giant Slalom: 13th
2017 World Championships, Tarvisio, Italy
2015 World Championships, Panorama, Canada
2013 World Championships, La Molina, Spain
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13 March 2022
Simpsons sign off from unforgettable Beijing 2022
10 March 2022
Paralympic best for three-timer Whitley
5 March 2022
Knight and Wild win first medal for ParalympicsGB in Beijing
17 March 2018
Top-ten finish gives Whitley cause for optimism
16 March 2018
PyeongChang 2018: Meenagh and Whitley bow out with impressive performances
14 March 2018
Giant slalom silver makes it three for Fitzpatrick and Kehoe
11 March 2018
PyeongChang 2018: Knight and Wild double up while Fitzpatrick and Kehoe bounce back in style
11 March 2018
Double delight as ParalympicsGB take super-G silver and bronze
9 March 2018