Claire Cashmore

YST Claire Cashmore

Sport: Paralympic Swimmer

Twitter: @ClaireCashmore

How did you get into sport?

I was born without a left forearm, but despite my disability I took to swimming at just six years old. At a local school swimming gala, another girl asked me how I could swim with only one arm, to which I promptly responded: I won the race!

What are your three biggest achievements in sport?

  • Gold medal at Rio 2016 Paralympic Games 
  • Medalling at every international competition since my first Paralympic Games in 2004
  • Silver at World championships (Gold Coast 2012) in Para triathlon after 18 months in the sport.

When and why did you get involved with the Athlete Mentor programme?

Sport changed my life. Growing up with a disability I was very self-conscious, however going to my first Paralympic Games in 2004 was a really turning point for me. I hope that by sharing the challenges and barriers I had to overcome to succeed in sport I will inspire young people of any ability to realise that, they too, can enjoy the benefits of sport.

What has been your favourite moment as a YST Athlete Mentor?

That’s a very tricky question, and I don’t think I could choose a favourite. I have loved every bit of work I have done with YST. The buzz you feel after spending a day with the young people is incredible.