Paralympics 2012: Sport doesn’t care who you are.

Not long to go until the 2012 London Paralympics and we’re looking forward to seeing James O’Shea competing in the SB5 category in the 100m breaststroke. James lost his legs in a horrific teenage accident but his potential as a Paralympic swimmer was spotted by former Olympic swimmer Mark Foster while they were filming Dancing on Wheels for BBC3 a couple of years ago.

James trains at the same club as my son Archie (Barnet Copthall Swimming Club in Mill Hill) and is a top bloke. I interviewed him recently at length and he was really passionate about swimming, particularly about getting chlorine out of the water which he believes – with some justification – is the reason why so many young swimmers suffer from asthma. He also has very strong views on eating the right foods.

Next week I’ll put up my interview with James on Goggleblog, but in the meantime you can see him swimming in the Samsung sponsored video below (look out for his cool flip into the pool at the beginning). You can also see his coach Rhys Gormley barking instructions at him from the poolside – though it looks like they’ve filmed it at somewhere much nicer than Barnet Copthall Leisure Centre!

James was featured with Mark Foster on the BBC this morning and he was very funny. There’s more information about him on the BBC website here and on British Swimming’s website here.