Rachel Williamson

In her teens, RAF Veteran, Rachel, narrowly missed out on being selected for the Commonwealth Games, but since suffering a life-changing injury, she stopped doing anything sport-related out of fear that she had lost the athlete she once was. After rediscovering her love for sport at Help for Heroes’ SportsFest in Nottingham in early 2017, Rachel opened a new chapter of her life. She is learning how to adapt through sports and has found a passion for helping others in similar situations. She said: “I have decided now is the time to go for this opportunity to show my new ability, set a personal milestone and be proud that I can do this for the UK. I want to represent the UK team in these games and continue this progression to bring back my personality. During this journey, Rachel has already made new friends, who support her dreams of one day representing Team GB at Olympic level. “With new motivation and family support I will turn all aspects of my life around. I will not quit no matter how hard the fight is and with this opportunity I can show what I am capable of and the team spirit I have in my heart.”