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Claire Cashmore

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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
PTS5

Further personal information

Family
Partner David Ellis
Residence
England
Occupation
Athlete, Motivational Speaker
Languages
English
Higher education
Linguistics - University of Leeds: England

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She developed an interest in swimming at age six when she moved to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and went on to compete at four Paralympic Games in the sport. She switched to Para triathlon in 2017.
Why this sport?
She was involved in athletics and swimming in her youth, and at age 15 she decided she had more potential in swimming than in running. She took up Para triathlon after taking time away from swimming following the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Name of coach
Jonathan Riall [national]

General interest

Nicknames
Bear (clairecashmore.com, 31 Oct 2012)
Hobbies
Spending time with friends, cooking, going to the theatre. (pulsin.co.uk, 20 Oct 2017; weleda.co.uk, 01 Jan 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal in swimming at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (youthsporttrust.org, 01 Oct 2018)
Most influential person in career
Her family. (yorkshiretimes.co.uk, 20 Jul 2012)
Hero / Idol
South African Para swimmer Natalie du Toit. (telegraph.co.uk, 01 Sep 2012)
Injuries
A bout of glandular fever disrupted her training in 2005. (abilityvsability.co.uk, 15 Jan 2010)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"When something goes wrong, just get back up and try again." (swimming.org, 2015)
Awards and honours
She was named Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire [MBE] in 2017. (kidderminstershuttle.co.uk, 25 Feb 2017)

She won the BBC Midlands Young Disabled Sports Person of the Year award for 2004. She also won the ITV Sporting Midlander of the Year and NPower Young Female Achiever in the same year. (skysports.com, 03 Feb 2013)
Other sports
She has competed in both Para swimming and Para triathlon at international level. (clairecashmore.com, 11 Sep 2017; thetimes.co.uk, 28 Oct 2017)
Famous relatives
Her partner David Ellis has represented Great Britain in Para triathlon. He won three gold medals at the world championships between 2013 and 2018. (SportsDeskOnline, 24 Oct 2019; Dave Ellis Instagram profile, 14 Sep 2019)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (clairecashmore.com, 11 Sep 2017)
Impairment
She was born without her left forearm and hand. (telegraph.co.uk, 01 Sep 2012)
Other information
SWIMMING TO TRIATHLON
After taking time away from competitive swimming following the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, she announced in September 2017 that she would be switching sports to pursue a career in Para triathlon. "After Rio I took some time out to reflect, travel and think about what I wanted to do not just in life but also in my sporting career. After a lot of thought, I decided that I wanted to give Para triathlon a go. Triathlon was included in the Paralympics for the first time in Rio and it's a discipline that has long piqued my interest and admiration." (Twitter profile, 03 Jul 2018; clairecashmore.com, 11 Sep 2017; thetimes.co.uk, 28 Oct 2017)

TRIATHLON TRAINING
She has changed her approach to training since switching sports from Para swimming to Para triathlon. "My relationship with triathlon is much more autonomous. Swimming has a very different way of doing things, there is a coach and you do what they say, whereas now it's very much athlete-led. I had never really known what my body needed, because I had always been told, so that has been a massive learning curve for me, learning to understand my body a bit more and take control of what I'm doing." (Twitter profile, 03 Jul 2018; thetimes.co.uk, 28 Oct 2017; clairecashmore.com, 11 Sep 2017)

FURTHER EDUCATION
She has studied for a master's degree in leadership management at Northumbria University in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (kidderminstershuttle.co.uk, 25 Feb 2017; LinkedIn profile, 2018)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Swimming World Championships Eindhoven 2010 (Eindhoven, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 50 m Freestyle S9 Final Round 6
Women's 100 m Backstroke S9 Heat 1 4
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB8 Heat 1 1
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB8 Final Round 2
Women's 50 m Freestyle S9 Heat 2 4
Women's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Final Round 2
Women's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Heat 2 1
Women's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final Round 2
Women's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Heat 2 1
Women's 100 m Freestyle S9 Final Round 4
Women's 100 m Freestyle S9 Heat 2 3
Women's 100 m Butterfly S9 Heat 1 4
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM9 Final Round 4
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM9 Heat 2 3
Women's 100 m Backstroke S9 Final Round 6
Women's 100 m Backstroke S9 Heat 2 3
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB8 Final Round 3
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB8 Heat 1 2
Women's 100 m Butterfly S9 Final Round 8
Women's 100 m Butterfly S9 Heat 1 2
IPC Swimming World Championships Durban 2006 (Durban, South Africa)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 50 m Freestyle S9 Final Round 5
Women's 50 m Freestyle S9 Heats 6
Women's 100 m Backstroke S9 Heats 7
Women's 100 m Backstroke S9 Final Round 8
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB8 Heats 2
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB8 Final Round 2
Women's 100 m Freestyle S9 Heats 10
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM9 Heats 6
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM9 Final Round 7
Women's 4x100 m Medley 34 pts Final Round 2
Athens 2004 Paralympic Games (Athens, Greece)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM9 Heat 1 4
Women's 100 m Butterfly S9 Final Round 8
Women's 100 m Butterfly S9 Heat 3 4
Women's 100 m Backstroke S9 Final Round 3
Women's 100 m Backstroke S9 Heat 2 3
Women's 100 m Freestyle S9 Heat 2 6
Women's 50 m Freestyle S9 Final Round 5
Women's 50 m Freestyle S9 Heat 1 2
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM9 Final Round 3
Women's 4x100 m Freestyle 34 pts Final Round 6
Women's 4x100 m Medley 34 pts Final Round 9999
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Butterfly S9 Heat 2 2012-08-30 2
Women's 100 m Butterfly S9 Final Round 2012-08-30 8
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB8 Final Round 2012-09-01 2
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB8 Heat 1 2012-09-01 1
Women's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final Round 2012-09-03 3
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM9 Heat 1 2012-09-06 2
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM9 Final Round 2012-09-06 4
Women's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Final Round 2012-09-07 2
Women's 100 m Freestyle S9 Heat 1 2012-09-07 5
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Freestyle S9 Heat 1 2013-08-12 5
Women's 100 m Freestyle S9 Final 1 2013-08-12 5
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM9 Heat 2 2013-08-13 3
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM9 Final 1 2013-08-13 3
Women's 50 m Freestyle S9 Heat 2 2013-08-13 5
Women's 50 m Freestyle S9 Final 1 2013-08-13 5
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB8 Final 1 2013-08-15 2
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB8 Heat 1 2013-08-15 1
Women's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final 1 2013-08-15 1
Women's 100 m Butterfly S9 Final 1 2013-08-17 6
Women's 100 m Butterfly S9 Heat 1 2013-08-17 5
Women's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Final 1 2013-08-18 1
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB8 Final 1 2015-07-14 2
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB8 Heat 1 2015-07-14 1
Women's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final 1 2015-07-16 3
Women's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Final 1 2015-07-19 1
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM9 Final Round 2016-09-11 8
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM9 Heat 3 2016-09-11 3
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB8 Heat 2 2016-09-14 2
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB8 Final Round 2016-09-14 2
Women's 100 m Butterfly S9 Heat 1 2016-09-15 2
Women's 100 m Butterfly S9 Final Round 2016-09-15 5
Women's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Final Round 2016-09-16 1