The Paralympian Claire Robertson sadly passed away earlier this month after a short illness. Claire was a successful para table tennis player competing in numerous competitions around the world.
Claire, from South Wales but moved to Flintshire in North Wales competed in Class 4 Para Table Tennis for Great Britain at the Beijing Paralympic Games in 2008 and for Team Wales at two Commonwealth Games in Melbourne and Manchester.
Sara Head, Paralympian and former doubles partner said, “Claire was the most incredible Table Tennis player. She could hit the ball so hard and well that we were often ducking out of the way. My admiration for Claire holds no boundaries, she was my role model and I am extremely lucky that she supported, guided and helped me through the early years of my career. I was lucky to not only learn from Claire’s wisdom but to also win medals and competitions alongside her as doubles partners; they are priceless memories that I will always treasure. From Commonwealth Games representing Wales which for us was the pinnacle of our career, the Beijing Paralympics and all the other tournaments where we represented Great Britain, the journey alongside Claire was immense. Claire was not just my doubles partner, we had an incredible friendship, like sisters in the Table Tennis family and I will forever miss you. My thoughts and love are with her husband Scott and Claire’s family.”
Claire was married to fellow Welsh Para Table Tennis player Scott Robertson who played in four consecutive Paralympic Games before retiring after London 2012.
Fiona Reid, CEO for Disability Sport Wales said that “Claire was a significant part of the Paralympic, Commonwealth Games and Para Table Tennis community in Wales. Colleagues within DSW will miss her bubbly personality and the positive impact she had on the people around her when she was near them. Our thoughts are with Scott, and Claire’s wider family.”
Pippa Britton, Chair of the DSW Board was also a teammate to Claire in the Beijing Paralympics, said “I was really saddened to hear the news that we have lost another person from our DSW family. She was a really talented table tennis player who competed all over the world and whose love of sport really shone through. My thoughts go out to her whole family at this time”.