About James Edward Dawson Whitley
James Whitley has been skiing since he was four years old and made his international debut when he was 11. He has also represented both his school and Courchevel, where he trains, in non-disabled competition, winning six cups.
- Events: Alpine Skiing, Slalom, Giant Slalom
- Home Town: Wilmington, East Sussex
- Lives: Wilmington, East Sussex
- Date of Birth: 17/11/1997
- Games Attended: Sochi 2014
He was born with an impairment to both hands and competes in two standing events, the slalom and giant slalom - but without ski poles
James is ranked second in the world in slalom at under-18 level. Sochi should stand him in good stead as he pushes to become a medal prospect at the 2018 Paralympics in South Korea. Since being recruited to BDST, James has made great progress and is World Cup qualified in Slalom and Giant Slalom. In 2013, he competed in his first major international, the IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, Spain, where he ranked 16th in the Giant Slalom. He finished the 2012/13 season by winning his first senior medal, a bronze in Giant Slalom at Chamrousse, France.
Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games - Men's Slalom: 15th