Meet the Team - James Anderson

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Get to know Paralympic gold medal winning swimmer James Anderson. Read his Tweets, view images, watch him in action and being interviewed, check out James in numbers, see how his Paralympic rivals compare, and much more.

James Anderson




St Andrews, Scotland


5ft 5in

Training base

Stirling Swim


Kerry Wood

Paralympic History

2008: Silver in S2 200m Freestyle, 50m Backstroke, Bronze in S2 50m Freestyle, 100m Freestyle
2004: Gold in S2 50m Freestyle, 100m Freestyle, 200m Freestyle, 50m Backstroke
2000: Silver in S2 50m Freestyle, 100m Freestyle, 50m Backstroke
1996: Gold in S2 100m Freestyle, 50m Backstroke, Silver in S2 50m Freestyle
1992: Silver in S2 50m Freestyle, 100m Freestyle, 50m Backstroke

In Action

S2 100m Freestyle on 3rd September
S2 50m Backstroke on 5th September
S2 50m Freestyle on 7th September

Did you know?

  • Jim was made Officer of the British Empire at Buckingham Palace in 2009 for his services to sport.
  • Jim has not always been solely dedicated to swimming. As a youngster he was a keen writer, and at 18 years old was still wearing a rubber ring in the pool for confidence!
  • Continuing his writing ambitions, he one day wishes to publish his own autobiography.

James' Career

Jim ‘The Swim’ Anderson OBE has one of the most impressive swimming résumés on record, having notoriously never achieved less than a medal position at the five consecutive Paralympic Games he has attended. He has won six Paralympic gold medals – a straight four out of four at Athens 2004 in S2 50m, 100m and 200m Freestyle, and S2 100m Backstroke; and two at Atlanta 1996 in S2 100m freestyle and S2 50m backstroke. His track record of success at the IPC World Championships is similarly impressive, having won 10 gold medals across five championships. Recently, at the British Gas Championships in March, James obtained a gold medal in the S2 100m Backstroke; while at the British International Paralympic Championships James obtained a silver medal in the same event.

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