James Blackwell

James has been playing football for as long as he can remember. Playing in a County League match against London 2012 Paralympian Ibs Diallo first sparked his interest in the sport, so he enquired about football 7-a-side and after a scout saw him play he went straight into the senior squad.

As a youngster, James represented the South West of England team against the youth teams of Arsenal, Coventry, Sheffield Wednesday and Cardiff. He has also enjoyed various league and cup wins.

James was selected to Rio after recovering from serious injury when he broke his neck in August 2015.

On his Paralympic debut James helped the GB side to secure a fifth-place finish. Bronze medallists Brazil and gold medallists Ukraine were the only two teams to beat them in the tournament.

Additional career highlights include his involvement in the 2014 CPISRA European Championships in Maia, Portugal and the 2015 Cerebral Palsy World Championships where England gained its highest ranking of 5th place, securing Rio 2016 Paralympic qualification at the latter tournament.

Away from the pitch, James enjoys spending time with his wife and son Charlie.

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