Helen started cycling at the age of ten, encouraged by her parents who introduced her to a local cycling club. Although she didn’t need any encouragement to ride, she was inspired to compete after watching Chris Hoy win the kilo and Kelly Holmes' two gold medals in Athens.
Helen first came to British Cycling as an under-23 sprint academy rider in November 2008 and then went on to join the Great Britain Para-cycling Team in April 2010 where she is a tandem pilot working alongside visually impaired female riders known as ‘stokers’.
In her first Paralympic Games, Helen won the silver in the kilo and bronze in the pursuit, both with Aileen McGlynn.
For the Commonwealth Games 2014, Helen teamed up with English teammate Sophie Thirnhill and together they won two gold medals - one in the sprint and one in the kilo.
At the UCI Para-cycling Track World Champions in Apeldoorn, Holland, Helen became world champion in the kilo and sprint events with Sophie Thornhill.
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Selected Career Highlights to Date
UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, Apeldoorn (Holland)
Commonwealth Games, Glasgow (UK)
Gold, Sprint, pilot to Sophie Thornhill
Gold, Kilo, pilot to Sophie Thornhill
London Paralympics, London (UK)
Silver - Kilo, pilot to Aileen McGlynn,
Bronze - Pursuit, pilot to Aileen McGlynn
UCI Para-Cycling Track World Championships, Los Angeles (USA)
Silver – Pursuit, pilot to Aileen McGlynn
Silver – Kilo, pilot to Aileen McGlynn
Silver – Sprint, pilot to Aileen McGlynn
UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, Montichiari (Italy)
Silver, Tandem kilo, pilot to Aileen McGlynn