London 2012

Claire Cashmore

Claire Cashmore Beijing 2008 Paralympics Swimming

Claire competed at her third Paralympic Games at London 2012, where she won two silvers and a bronze.

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    City of Leeds
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  • Games Attended:
    London 12, Beijing 08, Athens 04

Claire has always been interested in sport, first taking to running, and Swimming from a very young age. She has now been Swimming competitively for over 11 years.

Claire was first selected to ParalympicsGB in 2004 aged 16, where she won a bronze medal in both the 200m Individual Medley (SM9) and 100m Backstroke (S9) at the Athens Paralympic Games. Four years later, she won a bronze medal in the 100m Breaststroke (SB8) in Beijing.

Other highlights of her career to date include winning a gold medal in the 100m Individual Medley at the IPC World Championships (25m) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Since she made her Paralympic debut, Claire has won individual medals at every major championship that she has competed in.

At London 2012, Claire produced a strong performance in the 100m Breaststroke (SB8). After qualifying festest for the final, 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.

"The whole Games has been incredible. To get two silvers and a bronze is fantastic and more than I've ever done before."Claire Cashmore

Out of the pool, Claire graduated from Leeds University in 2011 with a Bachelors Degree in Linguistics and Phonetics and in the future she hopes to pursue a career in speech therapy.

Major Results

  • 2012 London Paralympic Games
  • 100m Freestyle (S9): 5th (ht1)
    100m Breaststroke (SB8): silver
    100m Butterfly (S9): 8th
    200m Individual Medley (SM9): 4th
    4x100m Freestyle Relay (34 pts): bronze
    4x100m Medley Relay (34 pts): silver
  • 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games
  • 100m Backstroke (S9): 6th
    100m Breaststroke (SB8): bronze
    100m Butterfly (S9): 8th
    200m Individual Medley (SM9): 4th
  • 2004 Athens Paralympic Games
  • 50m Freestyle (S9): 5th
    100m Backstroke (S9): bronze
    100m Butterfly (S9): 8th
    200m Individual Medley (SM9): bronze
    4x100m Freestyle (34pts): 6th
  • 2013 IPC World Championships, Montreal, Canada
  • 50m Freestyle (S9): 5th
    200m Individual Medley (SM9): bronze
    100m Breaststroke (SB8): silver
    4 x 100m Freestyle Relay (34pts): gold
    100m Butterfly (S9): 6th
    4x100m Medley Relay (34pts): gold
  • 2012 British Championships, London, UK
  • 50m Freestyle: 8th
    100m Freestyle (S9): 8th
    100m Breaststroke (SB8): 8th
    100m Butterfly: 6th
    200m Individual Medley (S9): 6th
    100m Butterfly (S9): 6th
  • 2011 IPC European Championships, Berlin, Germany
  • 100m Freestyle (S9): 4th
    100m Breaststroke (SB8): silver
    100m Butterfly (S9): bronze
    200m Individual Medley (SM9): bronze
    4x100m Freestyle Relay (34pts): gold
    4x100m Individual Medley Relay (34pts): gold
  • 2011 BT Paralympic World Cup, Manchester, UK
  • 100m Breaststroke (SB9): silver
  • 2011 British International Disability Championships, Sheffield, UK
  • 50m Freestyle: 4th
    100m Butterfly: gold
  • 2011 British Championships, Manchester, UK
  • 100m Freestyle: 5th
    100m Breaststroke: bronze
    200m Individual Medley: bronze
  • 2010 IPC World Championships, Eindhoven, the Netherlands
  • 50m Freestyle (S9): 6th
    100m Freestyle (S9): 4th
    100m Breaststroke (SB8): silver
    4x100m Freestyle (34pts): silver
  • 2010 British Championships, Sheffield, UK
  • 50m Freestyle: bronze
    100m Freestyle: silver
    100m Breaststroke: bronze
    100m Butterfly: silver
    200m Individual Medley: 4th
  • 2009 IPC World Championships (25m), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 100m Breaststroke (SB8): silver
    100m Individual Medley (SM9): gold
    200m Individual Medley (SM9): silver
    Medley Relay (34pts): gold
  • 2009 IPC European Championships, Reykjavik, Iceland
  • 50m Freestyle (S9): bronze
    100m Breaststroke (SB8): bronze
    100m Butterfly (S9): 5th
    Freestyle Relay (34pts): gold
  • 2009 British Championships, Sheffield, UK
  • 100m Freestyle: 8th
    100m Backstroke: bronze
    100m Breaststroke: silver
  • 2008 British Championships, Sheffield, UK
  • 50m Freestyle: 7th
    100m Freestyle: 8th
    100m Breaststroke: 4th

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