Claire Cashmore

Claire made her debut for ParalympicsGB as a 16-year-old competing at Athens 2004. Since then she has won medals at every level of competition, including six Paralympic medals across three Games. 

Under the spotlight at London 2012, produced a successful Paralympic campaign. After qualifying fastest for the final of the 100m breaststroke SB8, the world silver medallist was just 0.02 seconds shy of her British record as she clocked a season's best of 1:20.39 to touch second behind Russia's defending champion Olesya Vladykina, who broke the world record in a time of 1:17.17.

She also played a key role in both of the women's relays, bringing home bronze in the 4x100m freestyle relay 34pts and silver in a thrilling 4x100m medley relay 34pts, where the British quartet came in just 0.03 seconds behind their Australian rivals to take second place on the podium.

Since winning her first international medal in the 100m breaststroke SB8 at the 2006 IPC Swimming World Championships in Durban, Claire has become a world leader in the event and a regular fixture on the international podium, winning individual medals at every major championship she has been to. In 2014, she claimed her first individual gold medal on the international stage, marking her third IPC Swimming European Championships with gold in the 100m breaststroke SB8.

At Rio 2016 Claire took silver in the SB* 100m breastroke race and also claimed a gold medal in the 4x100m medley relay. 

A member of the BPA’s Athletes’ Commission, Claire has always been interested in sport, first taking to running and swimming from a very young age.

Out of the pool, Claire graduated from Leeds University in 2011 with a Bachelors Degree in Linguistics and Phonetics.

Major results

2016 Paralympic Games, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
100m breaststroke SB8
Silver
2016 Paralympic Games, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
4x100m freestyle relay 34pt
Gold
2012 London Paralympic Games
100m breaststroke SB8
Silver
2012 London Paralympic Games
4x100m medley relay 34pt
Silver
2012 London Paralympic Games
4x100m freestyle relay 34pt
Bronze
2008 Beijing Paralympic Games
100m breaststroke SB8
Bronze
2004 Athens Paralympic Games
100m backstroke S9
Bronze
2004 Athens Paralympic Games
200m individual medley SM9
Bronze
2016 IPC Swimming European Championships, Funchal, Portugal
100m breaststroke SB8
Bronze
2016 IPC Swimming European Championships, Funchal, Portugal
100m butterfly S9
Bronze
2016 IPC Swimming European Championships, Funchal, Portugal
4x100m medley relay 34pt
Gold

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