Huge congratulations to Para Snowboarder James Barnes-Miller for receiving a silver medal in the World Para Snow Sports Championships in Lillehammer, Norway. After a fabulous start he was narrowly beaten to a gold medal by Maxime Montaggioni in the snowboard cross SB-UL category.
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 “Great racing today really enjoyed it and stoked with 🥈 thanks for all the support”.
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.
James Barnes-Miller also received a bronze medal in the Men’s slalom. The overall winner was France’s Maxime Montaggioni who James met in the semi finals.
Once again huge congratulations to James Barnes-Miller and congratulations to Get Kids Going! athletes Millie Knight and Menna Fitzpatrick for their events. Millie Knight is now a world champion after receiving a gold medal in the Super Combined category and Menna came second on the same event. Here’s hoping they get selected for the Winter Paralympics team.