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Claire Cashmore keen to lay down a marker in Wales

Midlands Paralympics great Claire Cashmore can’t wait to show what Britain can do when the World Triathlon Para Series comes to Swansea next month.

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Claire Cashmore is eager to show the strength of British para-athletes in Swansea next month

The five-time Paralympian is returning to the South Wales showpiece for its third renewal on June 22. As well as winning gold and silver at the first two editions, Cashmore has sat on the event’s board of Britain’s first standalone World Para Series event.

And as the city prepares to come alive with swim, bike, run ahead of the Paris Paralympic Games, the nine-time Paralympic medallist – one in triathlon, eight in swimming – is relishing the prospect of being front and centre of one of British Triathlon’s flagship events.

Cashmore, 36, from Kidderminster, said: “It is so cool to be part of Swansea. I have been on the board for that last three years so for me I think it feels even more special.

“Because I have seen all the work that has gone on behind the scenes and how much effort has been put into making it the best possible event we can. The fact that it is a standalone para event is really special and just shows British Triathlon’s passion around para-triathlon. So I am hoping this year we are going to have some good weather and a really good event.