Rachel Morris

Rower // Para-Rowing Squad
Date of Birth: 24th Apr 1979 (38 years old)
Club: Guildford RC
Hometown: Farnham

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Rachel Morris won her second Paralympic Games gold medal at Rio 2016 – but her first in a boat.

Rachel Morris enjoyed a successful career as a hand-cyclist, winning time trial gold at Beijing 2008 and a bronze medal in the road race at London 2012.

Seeking a new challenge, Rachel transferred to rowing in 2013 and won an outstanding gold medal in the arms-shoulders women’s single scull boat at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Rachel won Paralympic gold at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, just three years after transferring from hand-cycling

On The Water

2016

Rio de Janeiro - Paralympic Gold Medallist Arms-Shoulders Women's Single Scull

2015

World Silver Medallist Arms-Shoulders Women's Single Scull

Rio 2016 Paralympiad: 2013 – 2016

Rachel was once again selected in the arms-shoulders women’s single scull for 2016 and was in excellent form throughout. After winning two silver medals at the Gavirate International Regatta in Italy, Rachel set a new world-best time in a perfectly-judged race at the Poznan World Cup to secure the first gold of her international rowing career.

The best was yet to come – after winning her heat at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, Rachel overcame a slow start in the final to power through the field and claim an outstanding gold medal. It was the second Paralympic title of her career but her first as a rower.

The 2015 season had seen Rachel win a first World Championships medal in her new sport. Despite undergoing shoulder surgery in April, she made a quick return to the water and finished fourth in the arms-shoulders women’s single scull at the World Cup in Varese.

Rachel admitted her sole aim for the World Championships in Aiguebelette was to qualify her boat for Rio 2016. She not only did that but also won a superb silver after reeling in fast-starting Norwegian Birgit Skarstein to secure second spot behind Israel’s Moran Samuel.

She had also won a silver medal on her international debut in 2014, the World Cup in Aiguebelette, and finished fifth at that year’s World Championships in Amsterdam, close behind London 2012 Paralympic champion Alla Lysenko of Ukraine.

Rachel Morris at the 2014 World Cup in Aiguebelette

GB Competitive Record

Paralympic Games
2016 ASW1x
Paralympic Games:
2016
ASW1x
World Rowing Championships
2015 ASW1x
2014 5th ASW1x
World Rowing Championships:
2015
ASW1x
World Rowing Championships:
2014
5th
ASW1x
World Rowing Cup Regattas
2016 Poznan ASW1x
2015 Varese 4th ASW1x
World Rowing Cup Regattas:
2016 Poznan
ASW1x
World Rowing Cup Regattas:
2015 Varese
4th
ASW1x

More info...

Club: Guildford RC
Boat: Women’s AS Single Scull
Role: Rower
Coaches: Nick Baker, Ella Wilmot
Learnt to Row: Guildford RC
Original Club(s): Guildford RC
Original Coach(es): Nick Baker, Ella Wilmot

Beyond the Boat

Rachel 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).

That 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.

Rachel’s 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 Rachel the chance to compete at a second Paralympic Games but she fought back to win a battling bronze in the road race.

Personal information

Place of Birth Current Address Hometown
Guildford Farnham Farnham
Place of Birth:
Guildford
Current Address:
Farnham
Hometown:
Farnham
Date of Birth
24th April 1979
Date of Birth:
24th April 1979