Birthday: 05/05/72

Nickname: 'Crackers'

Where born: Sutton, Surrey

Hometown: Woking, Surrey

Secondary school: Kingston Grammar

University: Reading, Brunel for Msc

Height: 1:93m (6'4")

Weight: 100kg (16 stone)

Distinguishing marks: Earring in left ear, tattoo on right ankle

Current address: Henley-on-Thames

Boat Club: Leander Club

Qualifications: Qualified Geography teacher, Msc in Sports science.

He is also going to law school - the eternal student!

First job: Hospital porter

Car: Vauxhall Vectra

Motorbike: Yamaha R1

Favourite band: Red Hot Chilli Peppers

Favourite book: The Beach

Favourite TV programme: Match of the day

Favourite film: Lock, Stock..

Favourite colour: Black

Favourite food: Tuna with pasta and tomato ketchup

Favourite drinks: Red Stripe, Red Bull

Sponsored by: Lombard and Puma (well he seems to be anyway!)

Scariest moments: Parachute jump, falling off his motorbike

Injuries: He broke his shoulder playing rugby

Football team he supports: Wimbledon. Doesn't like Man United.

Sports played: Football, hockey, swimming, and rugby

Non-Sporting hero: Nelson Mandela

Likes: Surfing, riding his motorbike

Dislikes: Arrogance, sports that are judged, stereotypical view of rowing eg. public think that it's just about Oxbridge boat race and Henley regatta


Rowing Background

At 14, James was described as a future olympic champion by his school headmaster. 14 years on, he was proven correct when the GB coxless four became gold medallists at Sydney 2000.

James began rowing at Secondary School and made his first international competition was in a coxed pair in 1989 at the Junior World Championships.He finished 10th, but in 1990 James won a gold medal in a coxless four.

In 1991 James advanced to the senior team and finished seventh in the coxless four at the World Championships. He was also selected to be part of the eight at the 1993 World Student Games. They won the silver medal and most of the crew competed in the senior eight that finished sixth in the World Championships in Prague.

James decided to change to sculling in 1995 and went to Atlanta as part of a double scull crew in '96, but he got tonsilitis so he couldn't compete. James won the 1998 British 2000m Ergo time trial, beating Matt Pinsent and Steve Redgrave. He was picked to be part of the present GB coxless four in 1997 and is the youngest member of the crew, and won all bar two of his races in the M4-.

More recent acheivements include becoming the captain of Leander club, pulling the fastest splits in the Leander club v Royce's gym 100,000 metre relay race for comic relief, and winning the coxless pair national trials with Matthew Pinsent.

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