Clare Cunningham is a a former Paralympic Champion swimmer and international paratriathlete who competed for Great Britain.
Clare began her sport career as a swimmer, representing Great Britain on the World stage from the age of 13. Clare competed in two Paralympic Games, winning a gold medal and four silver medals in Barcelona in 1992, aged just 15. After retiring from swimming in 1996, Clare pursued a successful career in Forensic Accounting in London for 14 years.
In 2006, Clare discovered triathlon and in 2009 competed in her first paratriathlon competitions when she became World, European and British Champion. Since 2009 she has been a regular medalist at World and European Championships and a winner of five ITU World Paratriathlon International Events in 2014 and 2015. In 2016 Clare competed in the inaugural Paralympic triathlon in Rio de Janeiro, 20 years after her previous appearance in a Paralympic Games. She finished 7th.
After four years on the UK Sport funded World Class Performance Programme, Clare retired from international paratriathlon after the 2016 Paralympic Games. In 2017 she changed her focus to longer distance racing and made her debut over the middle distance in May 2017.
Clare is now pursuing a career change and finishing an MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology at Loughborough University. Clare hopes that through a combination of her extensive experience of competing in elite sport, representing athletes on international and national federation commissions and interest in athlete wellbeing, she can help future elite athletes be the very best they can be.
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