12169-James Hamilton photo

James Hamilton

Athletics | Swimming


Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Intellectual impairment
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Ballyclare, NIR
Coach, Farmer
Higher education
CAFRE Greenmount Campus: Antrim, NIR

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began running at age 13 at Newtownabbey Racers Special Olympics and Disability Athletics Club in Northern Ireland.
Why this sport?
He began running as a hobby.
Club / Team
Ballymena Runners: Larne, NIR
Name of coach
Mark Kirk [personal], from 2016
Coach from which country?
Northern Ireland

General interest

Hero / Idol
US swimmer Michael Phelps. (Athlete, 23 Jul 2010)
An injury in the early part of 2017 meant he was limited to cross-training for two months. He began running again in March that year. (Facebook page, 01 Jan 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"No pain, no gain." (Athlete, 23 Jul 2010)
Awards and honours
He was named the 2015 Male Athlete of the Year by the Ballymena Runners club in Northern Ireland. (Facebook page, 01 Jan 2018)
Other sports
He represented Ireland in Para swimming at the 2014 World Championships in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (SportsDeskOnline, 30 May 2016)
Famous relatives
His mother represented Northern Ireland in rowing at the 1986 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, Scotland. His uncle rowed for Ireland at the Olympic Games. (, 2012; Athlete, 23 Jul 2010)
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Facebook page, 10 Sep 2019)
Other information
He initially competed in Para swimming and represented Ireland at the 2014 World Championships in Eindhoven, Netherlands, before deciding to focus on Para athletics later that year. In 2015 he switched nationality and began representing Great Britain in Para athletics. (Facebook page, 10 Sep 2019; SportsDeskOnline, 30 May 2016)

He works on his family's farm in Doagh, Northern Ireland, as well as a coaching assistant at Athletics Northern Ireland. (Twitter profile, 01 Oct 2019; Facebook profile, 15 Aug 2019)

He was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in June 2018. (Facebook page, 10 Sep 2019)


Unit Date Rank
IPC Swimming World Championships Eindhoven 2010 (Eindhoven, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Backstroke S14 Heat 1 3
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB14 Heat 2 5
Men's 200 m Freestyle S14 Heat 1 3
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 1500 m T20 Final 1 2017-07-17 6
Men's 800 m T20 Heat 1 2017-07-21 8
Men's 800 m T20 Final 1 2017-07-22 6