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WHITLEY James
Sport Para alpine skiing
NPC Great Britain   
GenderMen
Age21
Place of BirthLondon, ENG
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
LW5/7-3
Further Personal Information
Residence
Eastbourne, ENG
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, French
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He first tried skiing at age four in Courcheval, France.
Why this sport?
He sustained serious injuries at age six after he was involved in a boating accident with his family. During his rehabilitation he was introduced to Nick Webborn, who was the chief medical officer for the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. "Nick knew I was a speed freak and I loved my skiing. He put me in touch with a few of his friends and a year later I had a try-out at the Chill Factor in Manchester [England]."
Name of coach
John Clark [national]
Senior International Debut
Year
2011
Competing for
Great Britain
Location
Austria
General Interest
Hobbies
Swimming, fishing, watching Formula One. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018; Athlete, 18 Dec 2013)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, and qualifying for the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)
Most influential person in career
His parents. (Athlete, 18 Dec 2013)
Hero / Idol
British alpine skier Dave Ryding. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." [Franklin D Roosevelt] (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)
Famous relatives
He is the grandson of former Prime Minister of Northern Ireland, James Chichester-Clark. (midulstermail.co.uk, 13 Feb 2014)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (bbc.com, 17 Mar 2018)
Impairment
He was born without both hands. Doctors have constructed fingers for each limb, but despite more than 30 operations, they lack sufficient nerves or muscles to function. (Athlete, 18 Dec 2013)
Other information
BOATING ACCIDENT
He was left with serious injuries at age six after he was involved in a boating accident. A power boat with an outboard motor went over the top of the smaller boat James and his family were in. "Our boat sank with James trapped underneath. Fortunately he was wearing a life jacket, so he came to the surface after several minutes. He sustained a great deal of internal bleeding, broken legs, ribs, jaw and had to be resuscitated on the lake side. It took eight hours of stabilising him at the hospital, before they could take him in to surgery. Following that, he had lost the feeling from the waist down, and was in a wheelchair for several weeks," his mother Tara said. (eastbourneherald.co.uk, 25 Feb 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
15 2014 Slalom - Standing 1:53.43
14 2014 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:42.78
10 2018 Downhill - Standing 1:29.85
22 2018 Super-G - Standing 1:32.96
11 2018 Super Combined - Standing 2:20.28
11 2018 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:19.81
10 2018 Slalom - Standing 1:44.41
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
  2012/2013 Slalom - Standing  DNF
16 2012/2013 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:25.90
18 2014/2015 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:17.26 
9 2014/2015 Slalom - Standing 1:55.01 
12 2016/2017 Downhill - Standing 1:15.68
14 2016/2017 Super-G - Standing 1:07.69
  2016/2017 Super Combined - Standing  DNF
14 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:22.70
7 2016/2017 Slalom - Standing 1:28.75
World Cup Final
Rank Year Event Result
11 2016/2017 Downhill - Standing 1:32.67
17 2016/2017 Super-G - Standing 1:35.97
17 2016/2017 Super-G - Standing 1:33.04
9 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:15.64
6 2016/2017 Slalom - Standing 1:38.83