As a Paralympian Claire has performed at elite level, but she is passionate that the journey is about finding your passion, facing challenges and achieving a dream, and her story is therefore 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, completing her undergraduate degree at Liverpool John Moores University and her masters degree in Criminology from Cambridge University. She was one of the first females to become a Prison Governor, running a male resettlement unit for life sentence prisoners.
In 2008 she had an accident that left her with an incomplete spinal cord injury, losing feeling and movement in one leg and other neural functions which forced her to revisit both her sporting and career direction. She changed her professional career, becoming Head of Corporate Responsibility for the Financial Regulator, FSA.