Rachel discovered sprint kayaking at 15 after taking part in a talent identification process run by British Canoeing though her school. She joined Wey Kayak Club in Guildford and immediately fell in love with the sport, quickly rising up through the ranks, to be selected to race at major internationals after only two years in the sport.

Aside from competing at two Olympic games, Rachel’s biggest achievement was becoming Britain’s first woman to win a World Championship Medal in an Olympic discipline on flat water.  She set a 'Worlds Fastest Time' during her career and won multiple European and World Cup medals in her individual 'K1' as well as crew boats.

In 2019 Rachel hung up her paddle, retired from competition and is now directing her energy towards other challenges. She is excited to engage with the Dame Kelly Holmes trust and have the opportunity to give back to sport.

Giving Back

Since her teenage years Rachel has been working with young people in various forms. Before discovering kayaking Rachel was a keen swimmer and used to coach at her swimming club as well as teach swimming lessons. Whilst training full time she found running short workshops at kayak clubs around the UK really inspiring and rewarding, and now has a part time position coaching the Scottish Performance Squad Athletes.

Competitive Record

2017: Bronze medal at World Championships K1 1000m

2016: 7th and 16th at Rio Olympic games in K4 500 and K1 500 respectively

2012: 5th and 6th at London Olympics in K4 500 and K1 500 respectively

2010: First British female to win a World Medal in an Olympic discipline – Bronze in K1 500m

European Champion K1 1000m

Set a Worlds Fastest Time in K1 1000m

2009: Bronze medal in K1 and K4 at European Championships

2007: 3x Silver medals at Youth Olympic Games