Hometown: Ratoath, Meath
Disability Group: Les Autres
James began his swimming career in 2006 under the guidance of Paralympics Ireland Performance Director and triple Paralympic medallist, Dave Malone, in the National Aquatic Centre (NAC) swim club. James competed at the London 2012 Paralympic Games with distinction, swimming a personal best of 2.53:03 to finish a close fifth in his 200m freestyle final. Prior to that, James claimed an impressive fourth-place finish in the same event at the 2010 World Championships in Eindhoven, and in 2011, James continued his progress with another fourth place in the 200m Freestyle at the IPC European Championships, missing out on bronze by a hand touch. His efforts were recognised when he won Swim Ireland’s “2011 Disability Swimmer of the Year Award”. James reached a major championship podium for the first time ever at the 2013 IPC Swimming world championships in Montreal claiming bronze in the 200m freestyle. He followed this up with two bronze medals in the 100m and 200m Freestyle at the 2014 IPC European Championships in Eindhoven and he also competed well at the 2015 World Championships in Glasgow and the 2016 European Open Championships in Funchal.