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Claire Cashmore

Claire Cashmore 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 has become a regular fixture on the international podium since then, winning individual medals at every major championship she has been to.

Claire Cashmore Profile

Date of Birth 21st May 1988
Born Redditch
Team/Club National Performance Centre / Wyre Forest SC
Coach Graeme Smith
Classification S9, SB8, SM9
Cashmore 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 Reykjavik, silver at the 2010 Worlds in Eindhoven before another silver at the 2011 Europeans in Berlin.

Her most successful Paralympic campaign was at London 2012 where Cashmore lifted individual silver in the SB8 100m Breaststroke as well as silver and bronze in the 34pt 4x100m Medley and 4x100m Freestyle Relays respectively.

Further improvement followed in 2013 where she was part of the British team to win gold in both relays at the IPC World Championships in Montreal and also claimed SB8 100m Breaststroke silver and SM9 200m Individual Medley bronze.

Personal Best

Event Time Year Record
Long Course S9 50m Freestyle 30.14 2010  
Long Course S9 100m Freestyle 1:05.16 2011  
Long Course SB8 50m Breaststroke 38.18 2011 BR
Long Course SB8 100m Breaststroke 1:20.37 2011 BR
Long Course SB8 200m Breaststroke 3:11.19 2008 BR
Long Course S9 100m Butterfly 1:12.07 2011  
Long Course SM9 200m Individual Medley 2:37.36 2009  

International Competitions

Competition Event Year Time Medal/Position
Paralympic Games 100m Freestyle (S9) 2012 1:06.81 9th
  100m Breaststroke (SB8)   1:20.39 SILVER
  100m Butterfly (S9)   1:14.56 8th
  200m Individual Medley (SM9)   2:38.08 4th
  4x100m Freestyle Relay (34pts)   4:24.71 BRONZE
  4x100m Medley Relay (34pts)   4:53.98 SILVER
  100m Backstroke (S9) 2008 1:14.46 6th
  100m Breaststroke (SB8)   1:25.60 BRONZE
  100m Butterfly (S9)   1:13.47 8th
  200m Individual Medley (SM9)   2:42.09 4th
  50m Freestyle (S9) 2004 31.29 5th
  100m Backstroke (S9)   1:16.98 BRONZE
  100m Butterfly (S9)   1:19.60 8th
  200m Individual Medley (SM9)   2:48.07 BRONZE
  4x100m Freestyle (34pt)   4:54.38 6th
IPC World Championships 50m Freestyle (S9) 2013 30.56 5th
  100m Freestyle (S9)   1:06.39 5th
  100m Breaststroke (SB8)   1:21.23 SILVER
  100m Butterfly (S9)   1:14.32 6th
  200m Individual Medley (SM9)   2:41.50 BRONZE
  4x100m Freestyle Relay (34pt)   4:27.95 GOLD
  4x100m Medley Relay (34pt)   4:46.21 GOLD
  50m Freestyle (S9) 2010 30.14 6th
  100m Freestyle (S9)   1:05.49 4th
  100m Breaststroke (SB8)   1:22.02 SILVER
  4x100m Freestyle Relay (34pt)   4:29.49 SILVER
  100m Freestyle (S9) 2006 1:10.25 10th
  100m Backstroke (S9)   1:19.72 8th
  100m Breaststroke (SB8)   1:27.98 SILVER
  200m Individual Medley (SM9)   2:52.82 7th
  4x100m Medley Relay (34pt)   5:14.56 SILVER
IPC European Championships 50m Freestyle (S9) 2014 31.10 6th
  100m Freestyle (S9) 2011 1:05.16 4th
  100m Breaststroke (SB8)   1:20.37 SILVER
  100m Butterfly (S9)   1:12.07 BRONZE
  200m Individual Medley (SM9)   2:37.55 BRONZE
  4x100m Freestyle Relay (34pts)   4:27.53 GOLD
  4x100m Medley Relay (34pts)   4:52.40 GOLD
  50m Freestyle (S9) 2009 30.14 BRONZE
  100m Breaststroke (SB8)   1:23.61 BRONZE
  100m Butterfly (S9)   1:15.35 5th
  34pt Freestyle Relay   4:54.47 GOLD
IPC World Championships (25m) 100m Breaststroke (SB8) 2009 1:19.96 SILVER
  100m Individual Medley (SM9)   1:11.83 GOLD
  200m Individual Medley (SM9)   2:34.35 SILVER
  34pt Medley Relay   4:56.23 GOLD

Domestic Events

Competition Event Year Time Medal/Position
British Championships SB9 100m Breaststroke 2014 1:22.41 GOLD
  SM10 200m Individual Medley   2:39.72 4th
  MC 100m Freestyle 2013 1:08.13 8th
  MC 100m Breaststroke   1:23.16 BRONZE
  MC 100m Butterfly   1:12.80 SILVER
  MC 200m Individual Medley   2:42.72 7th
  MC 50m Freestyle 2012 30.87 8th
  MC 100m Freestyle   1:05.44 8th
  MC 100m Breaststroke   1:24.04 8th
  MC 100m Butterfly   1:15.98 6th
  MC 200m Individual Medley   2:38.23 6th
  MC 100m Freestyle 2011 1:05.54 5th
  MC 100m Breaststroke   1:21.73 BRONZE
  MC 200m Individual Medley   2:38.79 BRONZE
  MC 50m Freestyle 2010 30.89 BRONZE
  MC 100m Freestyle   1:05.88 SILVER
  MC 100m Breaststroke   1:23.26 BRONZE
  MC 100m Butterfly   1:15.18 SILVER
  200m Individual Medley   2:41.67 4th
  MC 100m Freestyle 2009 1:07.65 8th
  MC 100m Backstroke   1:16.32 BRONZE
  MC 100m Breaststroke   1:26.98 SILVER
  MC 50m Freestyle 2008 31.08 7th
  MC 100m Freestyle   1:09.40 8th
  MC 100m Breaststroke   1:27.75 4th
  MC 50m Freestyle 2003 33.73 BRONZE
  MC 100m Breaststroke   1:32.51 BRONZE
  MC 100m Butterfly   1:26.92 BRONZE
  MC 50m Backstroke   37.59 GOLD
British Para-Swimming International Meet MC 100m Breaststroke 2014 1:21.50 5th
British International Disability Championships MC 50m Freestyle 2013 30.58 5th
  MC 100m Freestyle   1:06.14 5th
  MC 100m Breaststroke   1:21.82 4th
  MC 100m Butterfly   1:14.03 6th
  MC 200m Individual Medley   2:38.16 7th
  MC 100m Butterfly 2012 1:14.42 8th
  MC 200m Individual Medley   2:39.16 8th
  MC 50m Freestyle 2011 30.40 4th
  MC 100m Butterfly   1:13.89 GOLD

In the Pool

Greatest achievement to date: The bronze medal that I won at Athens in the 200m Individual Medley

Aspiration: To win a gold medal in the Paralympic Games breaking the world record at the same time

Who has been greatest influence on you: My family, friends and coach

Out of the Pool

Family Members: My dad ran for England

Tip for the top: When something goes wrong just get back up and try again it will only make you a better athlete


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