James Anderson (swimmer)

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Jim Anderson
Personal information
Full name James Allan Anderson
Nickname(s) Jim the Swim
Nationality  United Kingdom
Born (1963-04-14) 14 April 1963 (age 53)
St Andrews, Fife
Sport Swimming
Strokes Freestyle, Backstroke
Club Broxburn ASC

James Allan 'Jim' Anderson OBE (born 14 April 1963) is a Scottish swimmer.[1]

Swimming career[edit]

Anderson has represented Great Britain at the Paralympic Games on six occasions, in 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008 and the 2012 Summer Paralympics. He has won six Paralympic gold medals, four at the 2004 Games, in the 50 m, 100 m and 200 m freestyle and the 50 m backstroke events, and two at the 1996 Games in the 50 m backstroke and 100 m freestyle races. He has also set two world records and four European records. He also competed at the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing.[1] He was selected again for the 2012 Paralympics in London,[2] finishing fourth in the S2 class final of the 50m backstroke[3][4] and eighth in the S2 100m freestyle.[5][6]


In 2004, Anderson was awarded the BBC Scotland Sports Personality of the Year award and was appointed MBE in the 2005 New Year Honours.[7] He was awarded the OBE in the 2009 Birthday Honours.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Anderson has cerebral palsy.[1] He is also a former British Wheelchair Disco champion.[9] He was born in St Andrews, Fife and resides in Broxburn.


  1. ^ a b c "Meet Scotland's Paralympic heroes dreaming of another gold rush". Daily Record. Media Scotland. 2 September 2008. 
  2. ^ London 2012: Paralympic veteran Jim Anderson gets sixth call BBC Sport, 29 May 2012
  3. ^ Men's 50m Backstroke - S2 Channel4.com, 5 September 2012
  4. ^ Paralympics 2012: Great Britain athletes on Day Seven BBC Sport, 5 September 2012
  5. ^ Jim 'the swim' Anderson trails in 8th 100m freestyle S2 Channel4.com, 3 September 2012
  6. ^ Anderson medal hopes take dive after 100m agony Herald Scotland, 4 September 2012
  7. ^ "Sporting stars top honours list". BBC News. 31 December 2004. Retrieved 19 December 2008. 
  8. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 59090. p. 9. 13 June 2009.
  9. ^ Real Lives: Paralympian Jim Anderson adds OBE to his medal haul Scotsman.com, 16 December 2009

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