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James Hollis



Impairment information

S10, SB9, SM10

Further personal information

Loughborough, ENG
Higher education
Health Studies, Sports Science - Loughborough University: England

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age seven.
Why this sport?
His mother, who also has osteogenesis imperfecta, took him and his sister to swimming lessons in order to channel their high energy levels, and because it was the safest sport for their condition. "I remember I started competing when I was about 11 years old and I realised that, if I started training, I could win these competitions. I just love winning."

International debut

Competing for
Great Britain
European Championship
Berlin, GER

General interest

Reading. (, 16 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Michael Phelps. (, 22 Aug 2013)
Famous relatives
His older sister Emma, who also has osteogenesis imperfecta, represented Great Britain in Para swimming. She competed in four events at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, but did not make a final at the Games. (, 01 May 2017;, 27 Aug 2012)
He has osteogenesis imperfecta, more commonly known as brittle bone syndrome. (, 28 Aug 2012)
Other information
He announced his retirement from competitive swimming in December 2018. "At the end of 2017 I finished my masters in musculoskeletal sports science and health and returned to full-time training, but after a while it wasn't how I hoped it would be and I came to the decision that it was time to step away from the sport in the role of an athlete." (, 20 Dec 2018)

His older sister Emma has the same condition, and both siblings have a long list of injuries. Speaking in 2011, James said he had already endured "a lot" of breaks. "I've broken all four limbs - several times. I ripped a bone from my elbow with my tricep being too strong. I did the same with my knees. I've smashed my ribs and have my spine fused with metal rods down it. If you do something messing about, the chances are that you'll break something, but Sod's Law says that Em and I break stuff just when doing very little. You just learn to cope with the anxiety ahead of a championships. You just make sure you don't take silly risks." (, 30 Jun 2011)

He has studied for a master's degree in musculoskeletal sports science and health at Loughborough University. (Twitter profile, 31 May 2017)


Unit Date Rank
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Butterfly S10 Heat 3 2012-09-01 4
Men's 100 m Backstroke S10 Heat 1 2012-09-04 5
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Final Round 2012-09-08 5
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Heat 1 2012-09-08 1
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Butterfly S10 Heat 2 2013-08-16 4
Men's 100 m Butterfly S10 Final 1 2013-08-16 5
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Final 1 2013-08-18 9999