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Guest speaker – Shine Awards 2015

Helene Dyson (Raynsford) was the first ever Paralympic Rowing Champion winning gold at the Beijing Games in 2008. 

However, rowing wasn’t Helene’s first sporting choice. She first came to the international scene in 2005 as part of the Great Britain Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Team. Following a chance encounter Helene fell in love with rowing and relished the similarities to her first passion and her time at the Royal Ballet School.

While training for Beijing, Helene took a break from her career so she could concentrate on preparations and undertook an MSc in Human Neuroscience – becoming a University of London Fellow. Helene is now working in public health in a local authority. Learning is a key element to the team Helene manages. She is passionate about mentoring junior staff and recently took on an apprentice.

Helene is proud to work with a team who support one another regardless of rank and without them she could not strive for excellence. She admits she has the learning bug and is current sitting an Masters in Public Health while working full time. Colleagues have instruction to shoot her if she starts another examined course but rumour has it there might be a PhD on the cards!

Twitter – @HeleneRaynsford

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