A keen sportsperson, at 18-years-old Clare Griffiths (née Strange) broke her back in a horse riding accident. A former county hockey player who had also represented her school at the National Indoor Championships, Clare first came across wheelchair basketball during her rehab at Stoke Mandeville in 1997 and instantly proved to be a natural.
Just one year later, Clare made her debut for Great Britain at World Championships in Sydney and since then the 36-year-old has gone on to earn her place as a core member in the GB Women’s team.
Indeed, the four-time Paralympian received the honour of sharing the Great Britain captaincy at the London 2012 Paralympic Games with Louise Sugden, leading the young team to seventh place – their best result since the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games.
In addition to her Paralympic experience, Clare has earned seven European bronze medals, while her personal career highlights to date include winning the 2011 BT Paralympic World Cup in Manchester, UK, and securing the nation’s highest ever finish at consecutive 2010 World Championships in Birmingham, UK and the 2014 World Championships in Toronto, Canada.
Away from the international scene, Clare became one of the first British women to play basketball overseas when she moved to Italy in September 2004 to play professionally in the Italian League for one of Europe’s toughest clubs – Sardinia’s Sassari.
At the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Clare was part of the team that reached the semi-finals befpore losing out to the USA and then the Netherlands in the bronze-medal match.
On top of her sporting achievements, Clare was awarded a Bachelor’s Degree in Sport and Exercise Science from Loughborough University in 2003.
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