After 25 years competing as an International Slalom Canoeist, reaching the top 3 in the British rankings, racing in World Cups and World Championships and setting 3 Guinness World Records along the way, I finally retired in 2012 as the reserve for the London Olympics. It’s a sport I initially took up with my late father, Cliff, after a taster on a PGL Adventure holiday. He was my biggest supporter. This site is dedicated to him. x

If the sun’s shining, you may still catch me on the river – although time in a boat these days is at a considerably slower pace – usually spent splashing around with my gorgeous boys, Max and Oli!
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Canoe Slalom

I competed in Canoe Slalom for over 20 years, retiring in 2012 as the reserve for the London 2012 Olympics. I represented both Great Britain and Ireland during that time, racing in World Cups, European and World Championships. My best GB end of season National ranking was 3rd.

Helen competing in the semi final of Prague World Cup, 2008

Helen competing in Olympic Selection, 2012

World Record

I hold 3 Guinness World Records. On September 18th, 2014, I gained my latest one for the most Eskimo rolls in a minute, with a paddle (30!) The record attempt was filmed by Mike Bushell, for BBC Breakfast and hosted by Mark Dennison.

Helen’s GOOD LUCK film, which was played to the crowds just before her 2014 Guinness World Record attempt.

BBC East Midlands Today Video.

On June 24th, 2010, I set the world hand rolling record, for the fastest time to do 100 eskimo rolls without a paddle, in 3 minutes and 46 seconds.

Back in 2000, I broke my own Guinness World Record (originally set in 1995!) for the fastest time to do 100 eskimo rolls with a paddle. This record is still standing and has earned me a place several times in the Guinness Book of Records.






I have made many films for BBC East Midlands Today - here are a selection:

Linford Christie's Street Athletics

Olympic Legacy with Canoeist Fiona Pennie

My return to fitness after having a baby

Paula Radcliffe on competing as a mum!

Lucy and Grace Garner

The School Games

Jason Gardener inspiring kids

I am trained to film, write and part edit my pieces, skills I have loved learning.

TV and Press Appearances

I've been a guest on numerous TV shows, including Record Breakers, Don't Try This At Home!, They Think Its All Over, Linfords Record Breakers, You Bet, This Morning - with Richard and Judy and Test The Nation.

Whilst I was competing in Canoe Slalom, I frequently appeared in the local press and on the regional news. I featured in many women's fitness magazines and was a finalist in the Cosmopolitan Woman of The Year Awards.


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What My Friends Have Said About Me

Linford Christie

Former 100m Gold Medalist

Helen is dedicated and hard working. I think she'll go a long way. I would recommend Helen to potential sponsors!

Chris Wheatley

CEO Flying High Trust

Helen is a great ambassador for sporting excellence, exhibiting determination and tenacity required to become a top athelete. She is an inspiration to all primary aged children. Our very own celebrity!

My Amazing Sponsors

Below are all the companies that have been kind enough to help me.

Get in Touch

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