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Claire captained the Paralympics GB’s Sitting Volleyball team at the 2012 Games, an amazing accomplishment since she only took up the sport four years ago.
As a youngster Claire was always keen on sport and when she was 14 discovered a love for rugby. She excelled in the sport until an accident in February 2008 left her completely paralysed in one leg, without peripheral vision and having lost several nerve functions.
After a lengthy period of physical therapy she discovered sitting volleyball, quickly taking to the fast, physical and dynamic aspects of the team sport. She now has over 40 caps for Great Britain.
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Adventurer and author Sarah Outen MBE, 24 February 2014
Actress Daisy Lewis trained with the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain and attended Kings College London where she studied English Literature.
Daisy has acted for the BBC in 'Doctor Who', 'After You've Gone' and 'Miss Austen Regrets', and has appeared as the guest lead in lTV's 'Lewis'. She has also worked extensively with leading UK theatres including twice at the Royal Court Theatre in London.
Daisy was recently seen in the latest series of Downton Abbey.
Jim Smith is Director of the Medical Research Council’s National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR).
He was previously Professor of Developmental Biology and Director of the Gurdon Institute at the University of Cambridge, and before that had worked at NIMR from 1984 to 2000. He is also Director of Research at the Francis Crick Institute.
Jim was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1993, a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 1998, and became a member of the Academia Europaea in 2000.
He was awarded the EMBO medal in 1993, the Feldberg Foundation Award in 2000, and the Waddington Medal of the British Society for Developmental Biology in 2013.
His current research interest is the molecular basis of mesoderm formation.