Prior to Beijing in 2006 Helena was thrust back in to the Olympic world once more when asked by double Olympic Gold medallist Shirley Robertson to stand in as helm for her Yngling crew for the Pre-Olympic Test event in China. With only 3 days of practice together Helena and her crew went on to win the Silver medal. She continued to finish on the podium at various events leading up to the Beijing Paralympic and was a strong medal contender however results did not go her way and she finished a disappointing 7th overall.
Helena believes her experience and disappointment in Beijing is what helped her to become Britain’s sailing Golden girl when she made history with her victory at London 2012. Helena went on to campaign to defend her Gold medal at Rio 2016 and was in fact in Gold Medal position going in to the last race however a plastic bag got caught in her rudder and cost her the Gold Medal. She still held on for the Bronze and by doing so because Britain’s most successful Paralympic sailor.
In 2013 Helen was awarded the ME for her services to sailing, received Honorary doctorate degrees from Bournemouth, Winchester and Southampton Solent and has been nominated for World Sailing “sailor of the year” twice. Helena’s fun, bubbly, charming personality combined with her inspirational stories and determination to win gold make her a highly engaging and captivating speaker for any audience.