Revised: March 2017
- Tandem sprint/kilo
After his hopes of competing at London 2012 in athletics were dashed by persistent hamstring injuries James made the decision to switch to cycling joining the Great Britain Cycling Team. Following Russia’s expulsion from the Paralympics ahead of the event James received a late call up for his first Paralympics alongside his pilot Craig Maclean, finishing fifth in the tandem kilo before heading to his second world championships with new pilot Matt Rotherham, becoming a double world champion.
After making the decision to switch to cycling James was paired up with experienced pilot, Craig Maclean and the pair enjoyed an impressive start to their partnership winning bronze at the Manchester Para-cycling International, their first major event together.
First Paralympics and world titles
This performance in Manchester was enough to see the pair selected for the 2016 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Italy. Despite James’s lack of experience the pair impressed finishing fifth in the kilo and winning a bronze medal in the tandem sprint.
Despite not initially being selected for the Paralympics in Rio, the decision by the International Paralympic Committee to expel Russia from the event gave ParalympicsGB a number of extra places. James and Craig were given one of those extra places and finished fifth in the kilo.
2017 saw Ball paired with a new pilot, Matt Rotherham. The duo headed to the UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Los Angeles, just weeks after training together for the first time and produced a pair of sensational performances to become double world champions - claiming rainbow jerseys in the tandem time trial and sprint.
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Selected Career Highlights to Date
UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, Los Angeles (USA)
Gold, Kilo (piloted by Matt Rotherham)
Gold, Sprint (piloted by Matt Rotherham)
UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, Montichiari (Italy)
Bronze, Sprint (piloted by Craig Maclean)