A seasoned Paralympian, Rio 2016 was Claire’s fourth Paralympics and most successful to date. She entered the world stage at only 16 years old, qualifying for Athens and coming home with two bronze medals, a bronze at the games in Beijing 2008, and a further 2 silvers and a bronze in London 2012.

London 2012 saw a big boost in Claire’s profile as she was chosen to be one of the faces of Chanel 4’s hugely successful meet the Superhumans campaign – she was featured in billboards nationwide and in a number of adverts on Channel 4 speaking candidly about her disability.

Claire’s performance in the pool at Rio 2016 was impressive. With experience under her belt, she won silver in the SB8 100 breastroke and her first Paralympic gold medal in the 4×100 medley relay.

After Rio, Claire decided to transition into triathlon where she has managed to excel in a very short amount of time. Her best performance to date was in 2019 when she became ITU World Champion in the PTS5 class. Claire is hoping to qualify for Tokyo 202one.

Claire is a great ambassador for disability sport and regularly gives motivational talks in schools and businesses. She is extremely passionate about normalising and increasing representation in all areas of life.

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What People Say

“Claire spoke at a graduate conference for us in June 2018 – a conference where we look to inspire delegates to be effective and resilient leaders of the future. Claire did this brilliantly, speaking candidly whilst injecting her personality into every element of her story. Many delegates fed back that her presentation was their highlight of the conference, saying that she was very inspirational, motivational, thought-provoking and eye-opening. Her resilience and determination always shone through as she spoke about the adversity she faced in her early life, and the fears and doubts she’s battled throughout her career. “

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“Claire delivered the keynote at the Gradcore Graduate Employment Conference on resilience, and provided the perfect start to the day. Her story provided a fantastic balance of inspiration and ideas, and left our audience hanging on every word she had to say. Her story is a very powerful one, and she delivers it in an unpretentious way that people can truly relate to. On top of this Claire was really approachable and flexible in how she delivered her section of the conference.”

Martin Edmondson CEO, Gradcore.

Claire was a standout speaker at GE’s Leading & Learning conference in Paris, November 2016. The conference was attended by 130 female senior GE customers and GE senior executives.

Claire spoke about her early life and the challenges she faced with her peers as they sought to diminish her confidence because she had a short arm. The audience were absolutely engaged with her struggle and ultimately Claire’s triumph over adversity. The audience appreciation feedback scored Claire as the most impressive and interesting speaker and we were absolutely thrilled to have a Paralympic medallist speak at our conference. I cannot recommend Claire Cashmore highly enough as a motivational and inspiring speaker.

Mary FitzPatrick

Diversity & Inclusion Leader

GE Renewable Energy

Photo: Meg McDonald