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Helene has had her disability since 2001 and starting rowing in summer 2005. She is current Paralympic Champion for Women’s Arms Only Single Scull. Helene has a degree in Medical Biochemistry and is currently undertaking a Masters in Human Neuroscience. Helene was unwell following her race in Beijing and had to sit out the 2009 racing season following diagnosis with a heart condition. Despite the best efforts of both Helene and her support team she could not tolerate training and in March 2010 she retired from international rowing. Totally unexpectedly Helene is now back in the GB Rowing Team preparing for the World Championships 2010 in New Zealand, November.