James Ball

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James Ball

Revised: April 2018

Disciplines
Tandem sprint/kilo
DOB
24/06/1991

James' Profile

About James

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.  

Biography

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.

One year later, Ball found himself paired with yet another pilot - teaming up with Pete Mitchell. The two won two medals at the 2018 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, taking silver in the 1km time trial and bronze in the sprint.

The partnership continued at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in Australia with Ball and Mitchell representing Wales.

They won two silver medals in both the 1km time trial and the sprint.

                                        

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Selected Career Highlights to Date

2018

Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast (Australia)
Silver, 1km time trial (piloted by Pete Mitchell)
Silver, Sprint (piloted by Pete Mitchell)

UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
Silver, 1km time trial (piloted by Pete Mitchell)
Bronze, Sprint (piloted by Pete Mitchell)

2017

UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, Los Angeles (USA)
Gold, Kilo (piloted by Matt Rotherham)
Gold, Sprint (piloted by Matt Rotherham)

2016

UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, Montichiari (Italy)
Bronze, Sprint (piloted by Craig Maclean)