James Whitley skiingin Sochi 2014

James Whitley

Athlete Information

  • Region

    Wilmington, East Sussex/Castledawson, Northern Ireland

  • Date of Birth


  • Classification

    LW5/7-3 Standing

Athlete main content


James Whitley started skiing in 2001 while on holiday with his family and made his debut for Great Britain seven years later in 2008.

In 2013 he made his World Championship debut 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 three Europa Cup titles, ranking second overall in the Europa Cup super-combined in Veysonnaz.

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.

James has also represented both his school and Courchevel, where he trains, in non-disabled competition, winning six cups.

He is the grandson of former Prime Minster of Northern Ireland, James Chichester-Clark.

Major results

2018 PyeongChang Paralympic Games

  • Downhill: 10th
  • Slalom: 10th
  • Giant Slalom: 11th
  • Super-G: 22nd
  • Super Combined: 11th

2014 Sochi Paralympic Games

  • Giant slalom: 14th
  • Slalom: 15th

2017 World Championships, Tarvisio, Italy

  • Slalom: 7th

2015 World Championships, Panorama, Canada

  • Slalom: 9th

2013 World Championships, La Molina, Spain

  • Giant slalom:16th

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