Vancouver born and Calgary raised, Claire attended the University of British Columbia and majored in Political Science and International Relations, and then went on to earn her Masters of Management in Business in 2010. A member of the UBC Varsity Volleyball team, Claire was cut in her 2nd year but earned a spot on the roster in her 3rd year. That year (2008), the team went on to earn its first CIS National Championship in 30 years and Claire was named “Player of the Game” in the Championship game.
UBC then went on to earn two more National Championships in 2009 and 2010 and Claire was named Canada West Libero of the Year in 2009 and 2010, and CIS National Libero of the Year in 2010. From there she joined the Canadian Women’s National Volleyball team from 2009 – 2012 and competed in tournaments such as the 2010 Pan Am Cup, the 2010 Norceca Championships, and the 2011 Pan Am Games in Guadalajara.
In conjunction with her volleyball career, Claire had an avid interest in broadcasting and media. In 2009, she wrote a weekly column, “Athlete of the Week” for the UBC Student paper, the Ubyssey. She frequently did colour-commentary for the Men’s Varsity volleyball games minutes after she herself finished playing.
In 2011-2012 alongside competing for the Women’s National Volleyball team, she successfully pitched an idea to CanadaWest.tv to do sideline interviews during live Webcasts. Claire conducted interviews with hockey, basketball, volleyball and track & field athletes competing at the University of Manitoba for CanadaWest.tv.
Following this experience, Claire worked as a communications officer/in-house broadcaster for the Canadian Olympic Committee at the London 2012 and Sochi 2014 Olympic Games. She also did communications work with CBC at the Sochi Olympics.
Claire has also done freelancing as a sideline reporter and hosted various TV shows for ShawTv Calgary. She was nominated as one of Calgary’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2014 for her TV mini series which aired nationally on Shaw Cablesystems, “Road to Russia”, featuring Canadian athletes preparing for the Sochi Olympics.
Before Claire was selected to co-host Dinner TV in Edmonton, she was working at Newcap Television in Lloydminster as a full time Sports Anchor and Reporter.