Whilst Claire is an elite athlete, she is passionate that the journey is about finding your passion, facing challenges and achieving a dream, and is therefore is equally transferable to any aspiration.
As a young person, Claire describes herself as unremarkable, with an interest in sport but not excelling in the sports offered at school. At 14, she found a sport that she loved in Rugby Union and began to thrive both on and off the pitch.
Claire trained as a forensic psychologist, She was one of the first females to become a Prison Governor, running a male resettlement unit for life sentence prisoners. An openly gay woman with a long term partner and 2 children, Claire was a champion for diversity and inclusion; for example she developed a Transgender prisoner policy that was introduced across the service.
In 2008 she had an accident that left her with an incomplete spinal cord injury, forcing her to revisit both her sporting and career direction. She changed her professional career, becoming Head of Corporate Responsibility for the Financial Regulator, FSA where she progressed the diversity agenda significantly.
In 2009 she was asked to a Paralympic talent ID camp, where she tried sitting volleyball for the first time ever. She was nurtured and was selected to take part in the World Championships in 2010, which was the beginning of her GB career. Gaining over 50 caps for GB, She went on to Captain the ParalympicsGB Sitting Volleyball Team in London 2012, putting her success down to the role models and support she has experienced. She was one of only 2 out teammembers and used the platform to become the government Anti-homophobia & transphobia in sport charter ambassador.
Following the experience of London2012, she has taken her passion of the power of sport to change lives to a new level, leaving the financial sector to take up a role as Assistant Director in the charity Youth Sport Trust where she continues to break down barriers and make sport more inclusive and relevant for all young people. She was a key member of the GayGames bid team, she also set up and chairs a government steering group seeking to make sport more LGBT inclusive, and is a patron for Diversity Role Models.