Dr. Heidi Forbes Öste chats with James Roberts, transformation coach helping fellow amputees lose 10lbs + by trade. An elite Paralympic athlete for just over a decade. Represented Great Britain at countless World Championships and 2 Paralympics Games (Beijing 2008 and London 2012) to just name a few.
James was born with a congenital disability called femoral dysplasia and a floating hip of the left leg as well as scoliosis of the spine. He grew up on a NATO base in S.H.A.P.E (Casteau), Belgium, but now resides back in Prestatyn, North Wales. He is a transformation coach by trade, but he was an elite Paralympic athlete for just over a decade. James says that he has been lucky enough over those years to have represented Great Britain at countless World Championships and 2 Paralympics Games (Beijing 2008 and London 2012) to just name a few.
James started out my sporting career in swimming and was part of British Swimming’s Potential Squad from 2003-05. During that time, he held the SB8 200m breaststroke and 50m breaststroke national records. After being dropped from the GB swimming programme, he moved on to rowing in 2006. The transition happened fairly quickly as he made his first senior international competition that summer at the 2006 World Championships in Dorney Lake, Great Britain, and made the final finishing 6th. 2007 World Championships Semi-Finalist, 2008 Paralympic Finalist (5th) and 2009 World Championships Finalist (5th).
James made another transition of sport, this time to sitting volleyball. From 2010 until 2012, he amassed 56 caps for Great Britain. His first international was a surprise selection to compete at the 2010 World Championships in Edmund, Oklahoma, USA. James says that. he was lucky enough that his time with the squad, to have competed for Great Britain, at his only European Championships in his repertoire, as well as a Continental and Intercontinental Cup. James’ career calumniated at the London 2012 Paralympics were the GB sitting volleyball squad lost in the quarter-final to eventual silver medallist Iran.
James says that having a disability himself, he completely understand the adversity one can face on a day-to-day basis. Also, he wanted to bridge that gap between mainstream fitness and disability, as there is not a lot of fitness topics, about and for people with disability, to widen their knowledge and/or to just improve their quality of living.
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