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Claire Warne



Impairment information

S6, SB6, SM6

Further personal information

Athlete, Student
Higher education
Criminology - University of Bedfordshire: England

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She started swimming around the age of five.
Why this sport?
"I was quite shy and didn't really want to do it. Mum said 'just try it' and I ended up quite liking it. The coach offered me a trial with my local club, Luton, and he had a daughter with a disability so she helped me and it's been good ever since."
Club / Team
Team Luton Swimming Club : Luton, ENG

General interest

Clairey. (, 25 Feb 2011)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a bronze medal in the 200m individual medley at the 2006 World Championships. (BBC Switch, 04 Dec 2007)
Hero / Idol
Kirsty Coventry and Singaporean Paralympic swimmer Theresa Goh. (, 2011; BBC Switch, 04 Dec 2007)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
"Eat, sleep, music. All three help me concentrate before a race. I need the right foods, the right amount of energy, and then the music gets me in the right frame of mind." (, Aug 2011)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Positive mental attitude will get you far. As I always say, effort plus commitment equals results." (BBC Switch, 04 Dec 2007)

"Swim all your training sessions to the best of your ability, you won't get it unless you want it."
(BBC Switch, 04 Dec 2007)
Awards and honours
She won the Rising Star prize for the east of Great Britain at the Disability Sports Events Awards in 2007. (, 06 Dec 2007)

She received a Junior National Sports Award from the Nationwide Building Society in 2007. (, 01 Dec 2007)

She was a BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year finalist in 2007. (BBC Switch, 04 Dec 2007)
Other information
She was reclassified from five to six just before the start of the second Paralympic trial for the 2008 Games in Beijing. "This change put me out of the running for Beijing and also meant I didn't have any qualification times for the World Class Programme. Although I was upset at being reclassified, it does happen and you just have to get on with it. One major effect was I had to drop two of my best events - the 50m backstroke and the 200m freestyle and instead compete in the 100m backstroke and 400m freestyle. This has meant a major shift in my training and has been a long haul, but it is now starting to pay off." (, 01 Feb 2009)


Unit Date Rank
IPC Swimming World Championships Durban 2006 (Durban, South Africa)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 50 m Butterfly S5 Final Round 5
Women's 50 m Backstroke S5 Heats 9
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM5 Final Round 3
Women's 200 m Freestyle S5 Heats 11
Women's 100 m Freestyle S5 Heats 16
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB5 Heats 10