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Joel James

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T34

Further personal information

Residence
England
Occupation
Student
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He first tried wheelchair sports at age 12.
Why this sport?
His parents took him to a taster day to try out wheelchair sports. "I can't do as much as a regular kid my age can do, so wheelchair racing is a good way to express my feelings. It makes me feel fast and I like the independence of being solo."
Club / Team
Coventry Godiva Harriers: England
Name of coach
Job King [club], GBR

General interest

Hero / Idol
British wheelchair racer Ben Rowlings. (sleafordstandard.co.uk, 24 Jul 2016)
Other sports
He has played wheelchair basketball at club level in England. (hrnews.co.uk, 15 Sep 2016)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (sleafordstandard.co.uk, 24 Jul 2016)
Impairment
He is person with cerebral palsy and periventricular leukomalacia [PVL] after contracting meningitis at birth. In 2012 he underwent selective dorsal rhizotomy [SVR] surgery to improve his mobility and alleviate pain. (hrnews.co.uk, 15 Sep 2016; sleafordstandard.co.uk, 24 Jul 2016)