In 2005, James' first year of university, he was diagnosed with a stage 4 brain tumor. He underwent an operation to remove the tumor and had courses of radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Due to the severity of the cancer he was told that he had only two years until its return. James is inspirational to anyone who faces such tough news. He loved rowing and carried on rowing through his treatment and dedicating what little time it was thought he had left to coaching Juniors at Royal Chester rowing club. He spends 6 days a week volunteer coaching there. He has coached Juniors and senior men to a very high level enabling them to row at the prestigious Henley Royal Regatta and coached a J18 Quadruple Scull who won silver at the national championships last summer. He has also spent many hours coaching the senior women and the veterans at the club making a real difference to their outings. James always maintains his own strong ethos of turning up to every session he has committed to, regardless of other personal ambitions and whatever the weather! He is an excellent role model to all the juniors at the rowing club, inspiring them achieve their potential, have pride in what they do and hold their heads high through both their triumphs and disappointments. James has been cancer free for 5 years, the future looks hopeful and he continues to dedicate his time to anyone who is willing to learn.