Meet The Team - Claire Cashmore

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Claire Cashmore






5ft 5in

Training base

City of Leeds


Dave Calleja

Paralympic History

2008: Bronze in SB8 100m Breast, fourth in SM9 200m IM
2004: Bronze in S9 100m Back, bronze in SM9 200m IM

In Action

S9 100m Butterfly on 30 August
SB8 100m Breaststroke on 1 September
SM9 200m Individual Medley on 6 September
S9 100m Freestyle on 7 September

Did you know?

  • Claire was born without a left forearm and took to swimming after her family moved to Dubai when she was six-years old. At a school swimming gala, another girl asked her how she could swim with only one arm - Claire promptly won the race.
  • Claire graduated from Leeds University in 2011 with a degree in linguistics and phonetics and wants to pursue a career in speech therapy after retiring from competitive swimming.
  • Claire has her eye on two more challenges after retiring from competitive swimming - running the London Marathon and swimming the Channel.

Claire's Career

Claire broke through as a 16-year old at the 2004 Paralympics in Athens, winning bronze in the SM9 200m Individual Medley and S9 100m Backstroke. She's enjoyed eight succesful seasons at the top of the sport since then, winning individual medals at every major championship she has been to. Claire won her first SB8 100m Breaststroke medal with silver at the 2006 World Championships in Durban and has since become a world leader in that event. She won her third Paralympic medal with bronze at the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing, bronze at the 2009 Europeans in Rekjavik, silver at the 2010 Worlds in Eindhoven before another silver at the 2011 Europeans in Berlin.

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