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
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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