With her slogan ‘pain is temporary, quitting is permanent’, swimmer Claire Cashmore sums herself up as an incredibly inspired and inspiring sports person – which is why she is proving to be incredibly popular as an Olympic speaker. Despite being born disabled, her physical limitations haven’t stopped Claire from going for gold.
Bursting onto the athletics scene at just 16 years old, Claire has appeared in four Paralympic events – the 2004 Athens Paralympic Games, 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games, 2012 London Paralympic Games and, most recently, the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games. Claire earned four bronze medals and two silver in the 100m breaststroke, 100m backstroke, individual medley, freestyle relay and medley relay.
In the World Championships long course, Claire has won five silvers (two in 2006 and three in 2010). While in the World Championships short course in 2009, the Olympic speaker won two silver and two gold medals. Her most recent gold was at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games, in the 4 x 100-metre medley relay 34 pts. In 2017, to celebrate her commitment to sport, Claire was awarded an MBE for her services.
Born without a left forearm, which she often jokes was bitten off in a shark attack, Claire regularly shares her experience with corporate organisations, schools, and swimming clubs. She can often be found doing swimming sessions, motivational talks, awards ceremonies, interviews and Q&A sessions. Claire is passionate about sport for people with disabilities, and uses her achievements to help motivate people who might see disabilities negatively to change their perspective.
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Watch Claire interviewed about her career here:
When featuring at events Claire is known to discuss such topics as:
- Overcoming Adversity
- Going for Gold
- Swimming Skills
- Maximising Success
- Adapting to Challenges
Over the course of her career Claire earned the following achievements:
- Gold medal at the 2009 Reykjavik IPC European Championships
- Two gold medals at the 2011 Berlin IPC European Championships
- Two gold medals at the 2013 Montreal IPC World Championships
- Two gold medals at the 2014 Eindhoven IPC European Championships
- Gold medal at the 2015 Glasgow IPC World Championships
- Gold medal at the 2016 Funchal IPC European Championships
- Gold medal at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Paralympic Games