Saracens - Claire-Aimee Grimshaw

Nickname Clam
Date & Place of Birth 8/19/1988
Playing Position Second Row
International Honours N/A
Height 176cm
Weight 88kg
Sarries Debut August 2016
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Claire-Aimee Grimshaw

Claire-Aimee, or Clam to her teammates, started playing rugby at Tabard RFC in Radlett after graduating from Nottingham University and moving home to St Albans. Having rowed competitively throughout her studies, including competing at BUCS and Henley Royal Regatta, she found herself too far from a river to be able to carry on training six times per week and was soon on the look out for a new sport to throw herself into. Whilst attending a fitness bootcamp, a friend asked whether she had considered rugby and after her first training session, she never set foot in a boat again.

When she is not playing rugby, Claire-Aimee is a qualified lawyer working in the financial services industry in the City of London, specialising in hedge funds; although she assures us that the 'Wolf of Wall Street' is not an accurate portrayal of her working life. She balances training and games around a demanding job and says that the only downside is the number of black eyes that she has had to explain to her boss ahead of client meetings.

Claire-Aimee is also a keen skier and spent a winter season living in the French Alpes, working as a waitress and chalet host. This was one of the best experiences of her life and one she is keen to repeat some day. She also lived in Prague for six months during her training contract to become a lawyer, where she joined a local Czech rugby team. She found the experience of playing a team sport where you do not speak the local language extremely challenging but was lucky enough to take her Hackney teammates back to Prague to play against them in 2015.

Her most embarrassing rugby moment was running in to score a try during a 10s tournament held at Hitchin Rugby Club and in her excitement running over the deadball line before she placed it down. Claire-Aimee was also selected to play in the Hertfordshire County Women's Championship XV in 2016 and spent 65 minutes of their match against Essex County trying to stem the flow of a nosebleed with a tampon. Luckily Hertfordshire won, which she is sure was all down to her intimidating appearance!