Congratulations to Get Kids Going! Para Athlete James Barnes-Miller for winning small final in Winter Paralympics

Huge congratulations to Para Snowboarder James Barnes-Miller for winning the small final. He came fifth in the UL snowboard cross finals, but his achievement means that he gained the best snowboarding result for the Great British Paralympic Team.

“I feel like that was my chance to get a medal,” James said. “But hey-ho. I felt I was riding well after not riding great yesterday, but today I was riding really well and then getting taken out is just gutting.

“I’ll have a day off tomorrow, relax, take my mind off it and just get focused in again.”

James Barnes-Miller at Beijing Winter Paralympics 2022

James Barnes-Miller became the first snowboarder to represent Great Britain at the Paralympic Games at PyeongChang 2018. James ultimately finished 7th in the snowboard cross SB-UL and 10th in the banked slalom.

James Barnes-Miller – Silver medal for Men’s snowboard cross at Lillehammer World Championships

Born without a right hand, James has worked for the UK Ministry of Defence as a casualty role-play actor, helping train soldiers in field surgery and trauma first aid. He competes in the Upper Limb Impaired category.

James Barnes-Miller at Lillehammer with his silver medal

James had a brilliant World Championships in Lillehammer, where he claimed three medals in the snowboard cross, banked slalom and team events. James Barnes-Miller received a bronze medal in the Men’s slalom plus a silver medal in snowboard cross.

Meanwhile Get Kids Going! supported athletes Menna Fitzpatrick and Neil Simpson added another medal to their previous medals in the Winter Paralympics both winning bronze medals at the Super Combined Visually Impaired at the Yanqing National Alpine Centre.

Menna Fitzpatrick won a silver medal on Day Two making her the most decorated Winter Paralympian.

Neil Simpson and Andrew Simpson with their Gold Medals

Neil Simpson won a gold medal on Day Two which was Great Britain’s first gold of the games. Millie Knight won a Bronze medal on Day one which was Great Britain’s first medal of the games!

Millie Knight and guide Brett Wild with their Bronze medals at Beijing

The Great British team have now won five medals at the Beijing after just three days of the Winter Paralympics.

Watch out for more of our coverage of the Winter Paralympics and visit our homepage to find out more about the Get Kids Going! team at the Winter Paralympics 2022.