AFTER missing out on last year’s Commonwealth Games, Claire Cashmore is determined to make up for lost time and prove herself in front of a home crowd once more when the IPC Swimming World Championships starts in Glasgow next month.
The Redditch swimmer thrived under the spotlight of a British crowd three years ago, securing two silver medals and one bronze at London 2012 to take her overall Paralympic tally to six.
It was an impressive return that helped Cashmore to maintain a stunning record of having medalled at every major championship she has taken part in.
But despite having tasted success the world over, the 27-year-old admits she is relishing competing closer to home again.
“I genuinely cannot wait for the World Championships. I was disappointed last year to miss out on the Commonwealths, so I see this a bit like a second shot at a second home games,” said Cashmore.
“I remember walking out in London and seeing all those people there to cheer for us, seeing the hordes of Union Jacks – that feeling was genuinely incredible.
“I think you can get fixated on winning medals, but if I can go well and get an all-time best for myself that would be great, and hopefully that may allow me to get the colour of my choice.”
On top of team training in Manchester and Cyprus, she has also been doing a spot of camping as she seeks to gain the edge over her competitors.
“Just before I went to Cyprus with the team, I had been sleeping in a tent for four weeks at 3,440m,” said Cashmore.
“It’s a weird situation – the altitude tent is literally hung over your bed, so you are still living at home but in this tent at the equivalent of 3,440m.
“But it has worked well, because my training has been going well and it will all be worth it if the results go well in the pool.”
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