Wilmington man to compete in Winter Paralympics in Sochi

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A Wilmington sportsman will be taking part in the Winter Paralympics in Sochi.

James Whitley is the youngest member of the Elite team and will be participating in Slalom and Giant Slalom.

He has been skiing since the age of four and has represented both Courchevel, where he trains, and his school in able bodied competitions, winning six cups.

He has risen rapidly through the ranks since being recruited to the British Disabled Ski Team and is World Cup qualified in Slalom and Giant Slalom.

In February 2012, James won his first senior medals, coming second in Giant Slalom and third in Slalom at the Italian National Championships.

2013 saw him finish 11th in his first World Cup Slalom and enter his first major championships, the World Championships in La Molina, where he finished 16th in the Giant Slalom.

He finished his season by winning his first senior medal, a Bronze in Giant Slalom at Chamrousse, France.

James is currently ranked second in the World in Slalom and fifth in Giant Slalom at Under 18 level.