James’ route into disability sport wasn’t a normal one. Born with a femoral dysplasia of the left leg James started out at an able-bodied swimming club in Belgium. After switching to disability sports in 2003, James quickly broke into British Swimming’s Potential Squad but by Christmas he had already been dropped from the squad. Faced with returning to University as a regular student the Performance Director at Disability Sport Wales challenged James to take up Rowing. Initially reluctant to take up the challenge James went on to compete in 3 world championships and finished 5th at the Beijing Olympics.

Reclassification threatened to end his rowing career, but undeterred James switched sports again and went on to represent team GB at the World Championships in Sitting Volleyball.

Since retiring from international sport, James has become a personal trainer and switched sports yet again to become involved with wheelchair basketball team Rhyl Raptors and more recently North Wales Knights.