Claire Williams /

Claire Williams

Date of Birth

29 September 1987

Sport

Athletics

From

Carmarthen

Biography

24 year-old Claire Williams from Carmarthen won her first Paralympic medal at the London 2012 Games; a bronze in the F12 discus.

London wias Claire's third Paralympics Games. She made her debut in Athens having competed in Beijing, the World Championships in New Zealand and taking bronze in the Europeans, Holland.

Claire is currently leading the IPC World ranking with a throw over 43 metres in her F12 classification. This puts her in a strong position going into the London Paralympic Games.

Claire will return to Wales post London to enrol her daughter in to a Welsh school; the same school she herself attended as a youngster.

She switched from Jujitsu to athletics at the age of 12 and was Welsh Schools Champion for hammer and discus.

She is the UK record holder in the discus as well as the British champion and has also been junior World record holder. In 2004 she was the youngest Welsh athlete to compete at a Paralympic Games and threw a personal best of 35.26m.

In Beijing she repeated her performance from the 2004 Athens Paralympics, placing fifth in the discus. Claire placed sixth in the 2011 IPC Athletics World Championships in New Zealand.

Outside of athletics she admits there is little time for any other hobbies except supporting the Welsh Rugby team. GB athlete, Kenny Churchill is her partner; and together they have a daughter, Gracie, who was born in October 2007.