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BARNES-MILLER James
Sport Para alpine skiing, Para snowboard
NPC Great Britain   
GenderMen
Age29
Place of BirthTunbridge Wells, ENG
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
SB-UL
Further Personal Information
Residence
Broadstairs, ENG
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began snowboarding in 2010 in Bulgaria, where he was on holidays with friends. He tried the sport again in the Netherlands, where he met British Para snowboarder Owen Pick who encouraged him to get in contact with the British national team.
Why this sport?
"Having skateboarded and surfed all my life, I took to snowboarding like a duck to water. I grew up in Ramsgate and Broadstairs, going to school in Broadstairs where I gained work experience at the local skate park and a passion for being on a board. I then went on a snowboarding holiday and found that all my experience on a skate board gave me confidence and the ability to snowboard well."
General Interest
Nicknames
Stubba [given to him by brother Olly and childhood friend Ben Wilkes. "We were in a car driving somewhere and Shabba Ranks' [song] 'Mr. Loverman' came on. [Ben] started shouting 'Stubba' between every line and it stuck from there."] (sidewalkmag.com, 2015)
Most influential person in career
His mother. (sportsaid.org.uk, 2015)
Hero / Idol
British Para snowboarder Owen Pick. (sportsaid.org.uk, 2015)
Injuries
He broke his collarbone in January 2019. (Twitter profile, 12 Jan 2019; Facebook profile, 12 Jan 2019)

He broke his leg at the end of the 2015/16 season. He recovered in time for the start of the 2016/17 season. (reds10.com, 20 Sep 2016)
Milestones
At the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang he became the first British Para snowboarder to compete at a Paralympic Winter Games. He was the first British athlete to start during the first qualification run for the men's SB-UL snowboard cross event in Pyeongchang. (Paralympic.org, 12 Mar 2018; gbsnowsport.com, 01 Apr 2018)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (paralympics.org.uk, 16 Mar 2018)
Impairment
He was born without a right hand. (sidewalkmag.com, 21 Oct 2015)
Other information
STOLEN EQUIPMENT
In October 2017 he had GBP10,000 worth of equipment belonging to him and his coach stolen from his van overnight, including his custom-made snowboards. He setup a funding page to help replace his equipment in time for the new season. "I don't think they were targeting me, there's not a lot they can do with my stuff, it's not your usual snowboards. It's no good to anyone else." (bbc.co.uk, 31 Oct 2017)

EMERGENCY ACTING
He has worked for the UK Ministry of Defence as a casualty role-play actor, helping train soldiers in field surgery and trauma first aid. "Someone who was working for the [emergency simulation] company rang me when I was in the pub and she tried to explain the job to me, saying I had to pretend my hand from my stub had been blown off. Obviously I thought she was taking the piss so I hung up on her. Luckily she rang me back the next day and explained it again when I was sober, so I went up and met her and loved it." (sidewalkmag.com, 2015)

SENSE OF HUMOUR
While he was given the nickname 'Stubba', his twin brother Olly became known as 'Two Hands'. "He's been called Two Hands for a while now. If he's out and people mistake him for me he waves both his hands at them." He treats his limb deficiency with a sense of humour when he is among friends. "Stub Roulette [is] when we are out drinking, I get spun round with a menu in front of me, then I stop and stub it and whatever drink the stub is on is what we all drink. There is Stub Rodeo too, where mates see who can hold the stub for the longest, which is harder than it sounds. And also Stubaoke, where everyone uses the stub as a microphone and sings into it." (sidewalkmag.com, 2015)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships - Para snowboard
Rank Year Event Result
4 2016/2017 Snowboard Cross - Upper Limb Impaired  
9 2016/2017 Banked Slalom - Upper Limb Impaired 1:17.83
Paralympic Games - Para snowboard
Rank Year Event Result
7 2018 Snowboard Cross - Upper Limb Impaired  
10 2018 Banked Slalom - Upper Limb Impaired 57.00
World Cup Finals - Para snowboard
Rank Year Event Result
7 2016/2017 Snowboard Cross - Upper Limb Impaired  
4 2016/2017 Banked Slalom - Upper Limb Impaired  
9 2017/2018 Snowboard Cross - Upper Limb Impaired 1:09.51
9 2017/2018 Banked Slalom - Upper Limb Impaired 1:20.97