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Meet Wales' discus demon!
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Throwing the discus
Discus throwers need speed and strength

Field athlete Claire Williams

Hi! My name's Claire Williams. I was the youngest athlete in GB's Paralympic squad.

I'm a discus thrower and compete in the F13 category which is for visually impaired athletes.

When I first started throwing the discus I'd turn up and wish for the best! It was just something I really enjoyed doing.

Then I got invited to train with the Wales squad and started taking it all a bit more seriously.

Now I train most days, travelling from my home in Carmarthen for sessions either in Cardiff or Loughborough.

As well as working on my technique and the technical side of things I also fit in sprint sessions, cycling and swimming.

It's a massive commitment.

You've got to get it right

People may look at the discus and think all that's happening is a plate being chucked!

But it really isn't as straightforward as it seems. It's a very technical sport.

Throwing the discus involves a rotational throw and you need speed and strenth combined to create explosive power.

Everything has to be exactly right for the discus to go well, so you've got a lot to think about.

I've been absolutely sport-mad ever since I was a toddler.

I remember being glued to the Barcelona Olympics in 1992.

I refused to go on holiday with my mum and dad and stayed at home with my grandparents instead just so I didn't miss any of the action! I was four years old!

Record-breaking hurdler Colin Jackson
Colin Jackson is Claire's inspiration

The following year I remember Colin Jackson clinching his 110m hurdles world record. Things like that really inspired me.

I'm also passionate about rugby and I'm a massive fan of Llanelli Scarlets and the Wales team.

But no matter what the sport, I can always appreciate the hard work that's gone into getting people to where they are because I've been there myself.

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Claire's facts
Name: Claire Williams
Lives: Carmarthen, west Wales
Discipline: Discus, hammer
Career highlights: At the 2003 International Blind Sports Association World Championships, Claire won gold and set a world record in the hammer, and also set a new European record in the discus.

Did you know?
Claire turns 17 the day after the Paralympics' closing ceremony

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