James Bevis made his Paralympic debut at Beijing 2008 and has represented ParalympicsGB at three consecutive Games.
Having shown an interest in target shooting from a very young age, James contacted Disability Target Shooting Great Britain in 2006 to see how he could become more involved in the sport. Keen to start competing, James’ enthusiasm translated into strong performances on the range and he entered his first competition at the British National Championships in June 2006.
James acquired important competitive experience when he made his Paralympic debut at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games where he finished 19th in two events. In subsequent years, he continued to progress through the rankings and win medals at international level, securing a direct quota place for the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
At London 2012, James won Britain's first medal for ParalympicsGB in the shooting events when he took bronze in the R5 10m air rifle prone mixed SH2. James qualified for the final after scoring a maximum 600 points in qualifying. In a highly competitive final, James just missed silver in a sudden death shoot-off with Frenchman Raphael Voltz, to win his first Paralympic medal.
At Rio 2016 James finished 32nd in the mixed 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2 qualification round and 18th in the equivalent Standing competition.
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