Huge congratulations to Para Snowboarder James Barnes-Miller for receiving a bronze medal in the World Para Snow Sports Championships in Lillehammer, Norway. The competition in Hafjell marked the first time that the dual banked slalom event was used at a World Championships level.
Initially scheduled to take place in Lillehammer, in February 2021, the competition was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. It marks the first time that the Para Biathlon, Para Alpine, Para Cross-Country and Para Snowboard World Championships are held in a single host nation.
James Barnes-Miller said that he was “Buzzing” with his medal result.
A total of 852 athletes from 42 nations are competing at Lillehammer 2021. This includes 140 Para snowboarders.
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.
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.
The overall winner in the dual banked slalom event was France’s Maxime Montaggioni who James met in the semi finals.
Once again huge congratulations to James Barnes-Miller and we wish the best of luck to Get Kids Going! athletes Millie Knight and Menna Fitzpatrick for their events. Here’s hoping they get selected for the Winter Paralympics team.