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|
|Classification||S8, SB6, SM8|
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.
|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|
|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|
|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.