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Ability Consultancy was set up by Claire Buckle who has experienced the struggles of trying to access sporting opportunities throughout her life. Claire has Cerebral Palsy but this has not stopped her in anything that she does. A graduate in Business Management and Sports Studies from Manchester Metropolitan University, and a retired Para Athlete competing for GB between 1997-2007, Claire has been heavily involved in sport from a young age and has experienced first-hand how sport can have a positive outcome on people’s lives.

She has over 20 years’ experience in sport, as an athlete, a Special Needs schools sports coach, a Sports Development Officer, a National Governing Body of Sport employee and a coach of many sports including a level three performance coach in Athletics. Claire was the first person in England to complete her coaching qualification based on para athletes.

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Claire Buckle 

Claire has over 20 years’ experience in Para sport. For 11 years Claire was a Great British Para Athlete, competing in Discus and Shot Put, achieving a podium position at World Games, European Championships and holding many National Records.

She was a member of the World Class Para Squad from 2002 – 2006, achieving the UK qualifying standards for the Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004 Paralympic Games, but missing out on a place in the final team.

In 1999 she first started on the road as a coach achieving her level 1 and II qualifications in athletics before she turned 21. She did all of this alongside her university studies, gaining a BA degree in Business Management and Sport Studies.

After graduating in 2003 she continued to train full time and work as a special needs multi sports coach for Wirral Borough Council, completing many level I and II sports qualifications (all with a disability focus) in many sports. She was quickly leading all the special schools on the Wirral PE lessons, focusing on teaching the sport but also training and teaching the staff how to adapt all the sports so all their pupils can participate no matter of their additional needs on a level playing field with their peers.

In the last 12 years Claire has continued to focus on Para Sport in her roles as a Sports Development Officer in Cumbria and a National Governing Body of Sport employee with England Athletics. During her first year in her role as an NGB officer she was (and still is) the first person to complete her Level III Performance coach athletics qualifications based on Para sport – she had to demonstrate her reasoning behind her adaptions more than other coaches on her course but in the end she was commended for her obvious knowledge of Para sport. Claire was the lead officer in the North for Para Athletics, writing and delivering workshops, conference seminars, club and schools visits to deliver inclusive sports and coach education sessions such as an intro to disability, Para sport made simple, guide running workshop, and club development sessions looking at clubs’ inclusivity structure.

In 2013 Claire qualified as a National Athletics Para Classifer and has worked up to be Chief Classifer at national panels and hopes to become an International Classifer in the next couple of years.

Along with all her achievements she has coached national athletes to national honours and coached one to World Junior Champion in Shot Put. She continues to support teachers, coaches and Para athletes and her aim is to make Para sport coaching the norm so that any coach, teacher and volunteer sees Para sport as coaching the person rather than their impairment or disability, with everything being within their capabilities.

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