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Helen Scott

Kilo, Pursuit, Sprint

Based
Manchester

From
Halesowen, Birmingham

Date of birth
25/07/1990

Team

Joining the Great Britain Cycling Team in 2010 as a pilot to Aileen McGlynn, Helen enjoyed immediate success winning a silver and bronze medal, alongside McGlynn at her first Paralympic Games at London 2012. Helen was then paired up with Sophie Thornhill and the partnership has been a fruitful one with the pair winning Paralympic gold, two world titles and two Commonwealth titles.

Career in numbers

4

Total Paralympic Games medals

12

Total UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships medals

4

Total Commonwealth Games medals

Biography

Helen started cycling after being inspired by Sir Chris Hoy and Kelly Holmes gold medal winning exploits at the Olympics in Athens in 2004.

After joining the Great Britain Cycling Team in 2010 as a pilot for the para-cycling programme she was paired with stoker Aileen McGlynn.

At their first major international event, the 2011 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Montichiari, Italy, they got off to a great start winning a silver medal in the tandem kilo.

With their first international medal in the bag they approached 2012 full of confidence and got their season off to a great start winning silver medals in the pursuit, kilo and sprint at the UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Los Angeles.

They took this form into their first Paralympic Games and won two medals, picking up a silver in the kilo and bronze in the pursuit events.

Paralympic, world & commonwealth champion

With no UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in 2013, Helen had an extended period off the bike.

With McGlynn no longer part of the Great Britain Cycling Team, Scott also missed out on the UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in 2014 as new stoker, Sophie Thornhill, was piloted by Rachel James.

However, Sophie and Helen were paired together for Team England for the Commonwealth Games and enjoyed instant success winning double gold in the sprint and kilo.

This success saw them paired together at the 2015 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Apeldoorn, where after winning four silver medals, Helen finally made it to the top step of the podium winning gold in the sprint and kilo events.

They repeated that success in their final event of the season at the Manchester Para-cycling International in November 2015.

However, the pair’s preparations for the Paralympic Games in Rio suffered a setback at the 2016 UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Montichiari. Looking to defend their titles they had to settle for silver medals in both events.

With no sprint event at the Paralympics, they focused their attentions on the kilo event and they were successful, winning gold and breaking the Paralympic record. They also picked up a bronze medal in the pursuit.

A change in partners for 2017 saw Scott pilot Paralympic triathlete Alison Patrick for the UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Los Angeles - the pair winning silver in the tandem sprint and bronze in the kilo. Those results in the USA meant that Scott had won world championship medals with three different stokers in her career.

In 2018, Scott teamed up with Thornhill once more - and the reunion lead to a brace of world titles on their return to Rio.

The duo won gold in both the 1km time trial and the sprint, setting world records in both events. They stopped the clock in 1:05.079 in the kilo before setting a time of 10.891 in the 200m flying lap qualification for the sprint.

They repeated the trick weeks later in the Team England colours at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

First, the pair claimed gold in the sprint, breaking their own world record in the 200m flying lap qualification with a new benchmark of 10.609.

Later in the week, they added 1km time trial gold - again with a new world record as they stopped the clock in 1:04.623.

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Great Britain Cycling Team's Helen Scott, piloting Sophie Thornhill
Great Britain Cycling Team's Helen Scott, piloting Sophie Thornhill

Palmarès

2018
Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast (Australia) 1km time trial Gold
Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast (Australia) Sprint Gold
UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) 1km time trial Gold
UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) Sprint Gold
2017
UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, Los Angeles (USA) Sprint Silver
UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, Los Angeles (USA) 1km time trial Bronze
2016
Paralympic Games, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) 1km time trial Gold
Paralympic Games, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) Individual pursuit Bronze
UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, Montichiari (Italy) 1km time trial Silver
UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, Montichiari (Italy) Sprint Silver
2015
UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, Apeldoorn (Netherlands) 1km time trial Gold
UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, Apeldoorn (Netherlands) Sprint Gold
2014
Commonwealth Games, Glasgow (UK) 1km time trial Gold
Commonwealth Games, Glasgow (UK) Sprint Gold
2012
Paralympic Games, London (UK) 1km time trial Silver
Paralympic Games, London (UK) Individual pursuit Bronze
UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, Los Angeles (USA) 1km time trial Silver
UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, Los Angeles (USA) Individual pursuit Silver
UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, Los Angeles (USA) Sprint Silver
2011
UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, Montichiari (Italy) 1km time trial Silver