Jim Roberts of Great Britain in action in the wheelchair rugby 5th-6th classification on day 10 of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at on September 17, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

James Roberts

Rowing | Sitting Volleyball

Roberts was the only Welsh member of the Great Britain side who headed into Rio 2016 as European champions.

He only started playing the sport in September 2013, and by May 2014 was selected to be part of the Great Britain wheelchair rugby squad.

In 2014, he was part of the British side that went very close to beating Paralympic silver medallists Canada at the Canada Cup. He then played a starring role as his country secured fifth spot at the 2014 IWRF World Championships.

He is Great Britain’s primary playmaker and helped inspire his side to the 2015 European title thanks to a nail-biting 49-48 defeat of defending champions Sweden in Pajulahti, Finland.

Roberts was the standout offensive player for Great Britain at Rio 2016, who narrowly missed the semi-final stage with a two-goal loss to Australia and a heartbreaking one-goal defeat to Canada in overtime in the pool stage.

Roberts has both his legs amputated below the knee and had limited movement in his arms and hands after contracting meningitis toward the end of his first year at university. He went on to spend two and half years in hospital.


Unit Date Rank
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Mixed Double Sculls TAMix2x Heat 2 3
Mixed Double Sculls TAMix2x Heat 1 2
Mixed Double Sculls TAMix2x Final A 5
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Sitting Volleyball Group A 2012-08-30 1
Men's Sitting Volleyball Group A 2012-08-31 4
Men's Sitting Volleyball Group A 2012-09-02 6
Men's Sitting Volleyball Group A 2012-09-03 8
Men's Sitting Volleyball Group A - Standings 2012-09-04 4
Men's Sitting Volleyball Quarterfinal 2012-09-05 304
Men's Sitting Volleyball Classification 5-8 2012-09-06 202
Men's Sitting Volleyball Classification 7-8 2012-09-07 102