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Charlotte Henshaw

Charlotte Henshaw has been on the British team for almost ten years and has consistently won medals at major competitions, including silver at the London 2012 Paralympics. She has made the 100m breaststroke SB6 into her specialist event.

Charlotte first started swimming aged four, when she began lessons at her local pool. She progressed through the local club system and was selected to compete for ParalympicsGB at the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Paralympic Games.

At London 2012, she set a new Paralympic record of 1:39.64 in the qualifying heats of the 100m breaststroke SB6 and in doing so beating the Paralympic record set by teammate Liz Johnson in the first heat just minutes previously. In the final, she further reduced this time to 1:39.16, but finished just 0.03 seconds behind Viktoriia Savtsova to take the silver medal. Liz Johnson took bronze.

Charlotte produced numerous personal best times in 2015, lowering the European record three times and won silver at the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships in Glasgow.

Away from the pool, Charlotte graduated from Stirling University in 2009 with a Bachelors degree in Psychology and Sports Studies.

Charlotte was born with a congenital condition which meant she had a shortened femur and a missing tibia in both legs. She had both her legs amputated above the knee when she was 15 months old and began to learn to walk with artificial limbs when she was around two years old.

Major results

2012 London Paralympic Games
100m breaststroke SB6
2016 IPC Swimming European Championships, Funchal, Portugal
100m breaststroke SB6
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships, Glasgow, UK
100m breaststroke SB6

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