James is an inspirational coach because of his passion for sport and the skills he has developed through his work promoting cycling in Sheffield, allowing him to overcome his disability and financial hardships.
James is severely dyslexic and comes from a very deprived area of Sheffield. His determination, ability to solve problems and apply his imagination and knowledge to real life situations has allowed him to overcome these personal barriers and make a significant contribution to the sporting experience of young people.
Specifically James has achieved the gold level of British Cycling's young volunteer programme, progressing to be a fully qualified coach at the age of 16. Since then he has applied his knowledge every Saturday at his club's coaching sessions and inspired a young person with dyspraxia to learn to ride a bike and participate in entry level races, something that the participant never thought possible in the past. CR