Helena Lucas

Class: 2.4mR

British Paralympic sailing’s golden girl, Helena Lucas made history claiming 2.4mR gold at London 2012, becoming the first ever female winner of the male dominated Paralympic class and Britain's first ever Paralympic sailing gold medallist. Helena, who was born with no thumbs and limited extension in her arms, is in the unusual position of having done both Olympic and Paralympic campaigns. Having sailed 470s since 1997 she moved into the Paralympic 2.4mR in 2003 before making her Paralympic Games debut at Beijing 2008, finishing 7th. She continues on the road to Rio 2016 on a quest for her second gold medal. Alongside her Rio campaign she experimented with new classes and fronted her own SB20 campaign during 2013.

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31.03.14 Prepping for Palma

Despite having done the ISAF World Cup Miami in January, Palma always feels like the official start to the season and it’s great to be out here with the rest of the team again. Read more

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British Paralympic sailing’s golden girl, Helena Lucas made history claiming 2.4mR gold at London 2012, becoming the first ever female winner of the male dominated Paralympic class and Britain's first ever Paralympic sailing gold medallist. Helena, who was born with no thumbs and limited extension in her arms, is in the unusual position of having done both Olympic and Paralympic campaigns. Having sailed 470s since 1997 she moved into the Paralympic 2.4mR in 2003 before making her Paralympic Games debut at Beijing 2008, finishing 7th. She continues on the road to Rio 2016 on a quest for her second gold medal. Alongside her Rio campaign she experimented with new classes and fronted her own SB20 campaign during 2013.

Date of birth: 29 March 1975


Place of birth: Redhill, Surrey


Currently lives: Southampton


Class:  2.4m Keelboat


Currrently sails at:  Weymouth & Portland Sailing Academy


Greatest sporting achievement:   Winning gold at the 2012 London Paralympic Games


Proudest moment:  At the 2006 Olympic test event in China, Helena stood in for Shirley Robertson in the Yngling, and despite never competing in that class before, and racing against able bodied sailors, her team won silver.


Why Sailing:  Became involved through my parents, and attended my first Junior helm week at Crawley Mariners Sailing Club aged 7


Greatest strengths in sailing:  My determination and commitment


Hobbies:  Skiing, cycling, supporting Southampton FC and cruising on my Westerly GK29  

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