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Charlotte Henshaw MBE

Charlotte Henshaw MBE

Paracanoe - Podium

Charlotte Henshaw became Paralympic Champion at her first Games as a paracanoe athlete, claiming gold in the women's KL2 event at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

Charlotte then went on to win her fourth and fifth World Championship titles just two weeks later in Copenhagen, winning the women's KL2 event, but also retaining the women's VL3 title, an event recently announced to the Paralympic programme in Paris 2024.

Since making the switch from para-swimming after the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, Charlotte has had an exceptional career in paracanoe to date, achieving a podium in every race she has started internationally.

Charlotte also has a number of European Champion and World Cup medals too her name, including gold during the emphatic 2019 season where she claimed four titles in one year. 

Charlotte started her paddling career with a silver at the 2017 European Championships.

Tokyo was Charlotte's fourth Paralympic Games having competed at Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016 all in para-swimming, where she claimed a silver in London and a bronze in Rio. 


Date of Birth: 1987
Lives: Nottingham
Occupation: Full time athlete
Height / Weight: 1.65m / 60.8kg


Class: K1 200m KL2 & V1 200m VL3
Paddling since: 2017
Club: Independent
Coach: Colin Radmore
Lottery Funding: UK Sport Podium Programme


Year Olympic Games World Championships European Championships World Cups National/Other
2021 Tokyo:
KL2 200m - GOLD
KL2 - 200m - 1st
VL3 - 200m - 1st
2019 Szeged:
KL2 200m - 1st
VL3 200m - 1st
KL2 200m - 1st
WC1 Poznan:
KL2 200m - 1st
2018 Montemor O Velho:
KL2 200m - 1st
VL3 200m - 3rd
KL2 200m - 2nd
WC1 Szeged:
KL2 200m - 2nd
2017 Plovdiv:
KL2 200m - 2nd