Charlotte Henshaw MBE

Canoeing

Charlotte Henshaw MBE is one of the world’s leading Paracanoe athletes and 4 x Paralympian across two different sports. She is a 7 x Paracanoe World Champion & won gold at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games in the KL2 200m.

Charlotte began her sporting journey as a Para swimmer – representing Great Britain for over a decade – during which time she competed at 3 Paralympic Games, winning silver at London 2012 and bronze at the Rio 2016 games respectively.

Charlotte been a mentor on the True Athlete Project for 3 years, working with athletes at the start of their journey to untap their potential using a holistic approach. She has also been a member of the British Paralympic Association’s Athlete Commission for 4 years and has recently been elected by her peers to serve a second 4 year term.

Off the water, Charlotte is passionate about disability inclusion and empowerment and promoting the Paralympic movement and the huge impact it can have on society. After a 2020 diagnosis of endometriosis, she is also a keen advocate for women’s health issues, working with charities to ensure that the conversation around women’s health issues continues to be at the forefront of the sporting world and beyond. She is also motivated to improve the profile of smaller sports which don’t necessarily get the coverage afforded to others.

Charlotte was awarded an MBE in the 2021 New Years Honours list for Services to Canoeing.

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