Meet The Team - James Crisp

Share this page

Get to know James Crisp. Read his Tweets, view images, watch videos of him in action and being interviewed, check how his Paralympic rivals compare with him and much more.

James Crisp






6ft 1in

Training base

City of Sheffield


Russ Barber

Paralympic History

2004: Silver in the S9 400m Freestyle, 100m Backstroke, SB8 100m Breaststroke, Bronze in the SM9 200m Individual Medley
2000: Gold in the S9 100m Backstroke, SM9 200m Individual Medley, 34pt 4x100m Freestyle Relay, Silver in the S9 100m Butterfly, 34pt 4x100m Medley Relay, Bronze in the S9 100m Freestyle, 400m Freestyle

In action

S9 100m Backstroke on 31st August
SB8 100m Breaststroke on 1st September
S9 400m Freestyle on 4th September
SM9 200m Individual Medley on 6th September
S9 100m Freestyle on 7th September

Did you know?

  • James says watching the Beijing Paralympics in 2008 from home after shoulder surgery put paid to his hopes of competing was one of the hardest things he's done.
  • Away from the pool, James enjoys football and basketball and holds Marco Van Basten and Michael Jordan as two of his all-time heroes.
  • Aside from his home pool of Ponds Forge, Sheffield, he unsurprisingly says Sydney Aquatics Centre is his favourite pool - the venue where he won three Paralympic gold medals at Sydney 2000.

James's Career

S9 athlete James Crisp is no amateur when it comes to Paralympic performance, having walked away from Sydney 2000 with seven medals in hand; three gold, two silver and two bronze. In Athens four years later, he also received three silver medals and one bronze, something he will doubtlessly attempt to top at the London Paralympics after being forced to pass up Beijing 2008 due to a shoulder injury. He has received a fistful of medals at every single IPC European Championship and IPC World Championship he has attended, in events of every stroke and distances from 100m-400m, and throughout his career has held eight British Records and two European Records across an astounding 10 disciplines. James qualified for the London Paralympic Games at the British Gas Championships in March, after gaining a bronze medal in the Men’s Open MC 100m Backstroke, and silver in the Men’s Open MC 200m Individual Medley. 

Related Articles

© 2016 British Swimming & The ASA. All Rights Reserved. Privacy Policy