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Charlotte Henshaw

Charlotte Henshaw set the bar high with some stand-out performances in her early career, representing Paralympics GB as a 21-year old at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing.

Her Paralympic debut saw her finish in fourth place in her specialist event, the SB6 100m Breaststroke, and she continued to build her international reputation the following year, winning a gold medal in the same event at 2009 IPC European Swimming Championships in Reykjavik.

Charlotte Henshaw Profile

Date of Birth 16th January 1987
Born Mansfield
Team/Club Nova Centurion
Coach Glenn Smith
Classification S8, SB6, SM8
Henshaw showed no signs of slowing down in 2010, qualifying fastest for the SB6 100m Breaststroke final at the IPC World Championships in Eindhoven, ultimately securing a silver medal.

She competed at her second Paralympic Games at London 2012, setting a new Paralympic record of 1:39.64 in the qualifying heats of the SB6 100m Breaststroke. She went on to win silver in the final, a mere 0.03 seconds away from gold.

Another international medal followed in 2013 as Henshaw won 100m Breast bronze at the IPC Swimming World Championships in Montreal, repeating her result from the British International Disability Swimming Championships in Sheffield earlier in the year.

Personal Best

Event Time Year Record
Long Course S8 400m Freestyle 5:36.85 2011  
Long Course SB6 50m Breaststroke 45.36 2010 ER
Long Course SB6 100m Breaststroke 1:38.46 2010 ER
Long Course SM8 200m Individual Medley 3:03.11 2011  

International Competitions

Competition Event Year Time Medal/Position
Paralympic Games 400m Freestyle (S8) 2012 5:42.19 12th
  100m Breaststroke (SB6)   1:39.16 SILVER
  100m Breaststroke (SB6) 2008 1:45.28 4th
IPC World Championships 400m Freestyle (S8) 2013 5:46.96 8th
  100m Breaststroke (SB6)   1:42.24 BRONZE
  100m Breaststroke (SB6) 2010 1:39.74 SILVER
  200m Individual Medley (SM8)   3:04.56 8th
IPC European Championships 400m Freestyle (S8) 2011 5:39.91 5th
  100m Breaststroke (SB6)   1:39.98 SILVER
  200m Individual Medley (SM8)   3:03.11 4th
  400m Freestyle (S8) 2009 5:49.18 4th
  100m Breaststroke (SB6)   1:40.50 GOLD
  200m Individual Medley (SM8)   3:09.71 4th

Domestic Events

Competition Event Year Time Medal/Position
British Championships MC 100m Breaststroke 2013 1:40.86 SILVER
  MC 200m Individual Medley   3:12.09 15th
  MC 100m Freestyle 2012 1:21.78 26th
  MC 400m Freestyle   5:44.66 18th
  MC 100m Breaststroke   1:42.85 5th
  MC 100m Breaststroke 2011 1:41.71 4th
  MC 400m Freestyle 2010 5:51.46 8th
  MC 100m Breaststroke   1:40.34 SILVER
  MC 100m Breaststroke 2009 1:45.86 GOLD
  MC 100m Breaststroke 2008 1:42.88 SILVER
  MC 100m Butterfly   1:39.72 8th
British Para-Swimming International Meet MC 100m Breaststroke 2014 1:41.43 7th
British International Disability Championships MC 100m Breaststroke 2013 1:40.24 BRONZE
  MC 100m Breaststroke 2012 1:44.03 10th
  MC 100m Breaststroke 2011 1:40.66 5th
  MC 200m Individual Medley 2009 3:12.96 SILVER

In the Pool

Greatest Achievement to date: PB time at the Olympic trials at Sheffield to get well inside the qualifying time and to make the team for Beijing.

Who has been greatest influence on you: Anthony Stickland.

Out of the Pool

Family Members: My dad was in the GB karate team.

Tip for the top: Commitment – even when you feel like the pool is the last place you want to be – you have to, to get the job done.


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