A small town BC boy breaking down barriers to physical activity and inspiring others to become more active by following his dream to compete with best in the world.
James believes that the value that elite athletes provide to society is to provide inspiration and motivation to all individuals in order to facilitate and promote healthy and active lifestyles. As someone who has not always been an athlete he is a living and breathing example of how far hard work and dedication can take you. From small town kid to Professional Triathlete competing on the World’s Stage. Together with Jon Dunkerley, a triathlete with a visual impairment and their pursuit of the Paralympic Podium, he is hoping to inspire people of all backgrounds and abilities to take risks and challenge themselves to achieve what they may not have thought they were capable of. As a practicing Kinesiologist he assists individuals of all ages and abilities overcome injury or illness and incorporate physical activity into their lives in order to facilitate a happier, healthier lifestyle.
Growing up James balanced academics, involvement with community service organizations, and playing a variety of sports such as soccer, skiing, waterpolo, diving, track and field, and wrestling. In high school he added rugby, carpentry, dirtbiking, 4 x 4ing, leadership, swimming, and cross-country running to his schedule.
During his senior year of high-school one of James’ best friends completed Ironman Canada and subsequently managed convinced James to register for Ironman as his first triathlon in 2008 (It may have helped that James had a crush on this person at the time :). When he moved to Victoria, BC to study Kinesiology at the University of Victoria he also discovered the amazing triathlon community that was present in the city, something that had a major role in his decision to continue perusing triathlon post-Ironman.
With the help of his first coach, Steve Chater, James competed as an age-group athlete from 2009-2011 but was always curious to see just how far he could push himself and longed to test himself against the best in the world. In 2012, he set his sights on reaching the highest levels of sport. For this he enlisted Clint Lien and Mercury Rising Triathlon. After 3 years of progress in ITU racing at the continental cup level, he braved to make the jump to long-distance triathlon.
At the end of 2015 James returned home to where it all started, making professional debut at Challenge Penticton Half. Since then James has never looked back and has been making consistent progress toward the top of the world in long-distance racing. He has posted multiple top 10 and top 15 results at various Ironman 70.3 and other Half-Distance Events and finished 20th in a time of 9:03 when he returned to Ironman in 2018.
In 2017, James was approached by Carolyn Murray, Head Coach of Canada’s National Paratriathlon Team and was asked if he would be interested in joining the National Team as a Guide to Jon Dunkerley. James gratefully accepted the offer, excited to experience a new side of triathlon and help someone, who otherwise would be unable to compete in sport, also pursue excellence. Together James and Jon have their sights set on the Tokyo 2020 Parlympic podium.
Outside of sport, James maintains a Kinesiology practice at Synergy Health Centre in Victoria, BC and is consistently seeking opportunities to give back to his local community through volunteering at community and sporting events. In his downtime he enjoys reconnecting with his friends and family and camping, hiking, and finding new adventures with his wife Liz and dog Lars.