Rachel Morris was a keen sailor while at school in Guildford and competed at international level. However, an ankle injury sustained on her 17th birthday triggered the onset of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). This led to her left leg being amputated in January 2003 and the disease spread to her right leg a few years later, forcing a second amputation. Her Paralympic career began when she purchased a handcycle attachment for her wheelchair. She quickly adapted to the sport and was crowned as double world champion in 2007 before going on to take time-­trial gold at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games. A road accident in the build-­up to London 2012 almost denied her the chance to compete at a second Paralympic Games but she fought back to win bronze in the road race. Seeking a new challenge, she transferred to rowing in 2013 and won an outstanding gold medal in the PR1 (arms and shoulders only) women’s single scull boat at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Shoulder surgery following the Rio Games sadly curtailed Morris’s rowing career but she now sets her sights high in the Winter arena where she is Great Britain’s first ever female Para-­Nordic sit skier. Rachel reports that ‘I have now started a new branch and crossover into Winter sports with the aim of Beijing 2022 with Nordic skiing and helping to bring the name of Winter sports to a similar level as the Summer Games. I have found immersing myself into a new sport as much as possible early on has helped me develop the new technical skills quickly and once I have kit which holds me in place and therefore minimises they impact of my disability I will develop quickly. The first 6 months is the 'adaption phase' whilst the training demands change me physically & physiologically, at that point the ultimate technological advancements of seating/rigs will pay off in marginal gains as I start being able to perform at elite result. I have taken so much from sport & spend a lot of time putting that back into Schools. I am using sport to assist youngsters who have disabilities or challenges to help them build self confidence & resilience. I am also running a course I have devised for 'Emotional Resilience' through The Teen Summit to try and assist those struggling with mental health/ physical disabilities/ familybreakdowns & being a teenager.’