After a life-changing injury knocked her confidence, RAF veteran Rachel Williamson almost gave up on fitness forever. Having rediscovered her passion, she set personal milestones as part of her sports recovery journey.
Rachel is proud to have competed in the Invictus Games in Sydney 2018 and is now setting her sights on representing Team UK one more time in the 2020 Games due to be held next year in the Hague. “So far, my recovery journey has taken me from rock bottom to laying down a new foundation, this year I aim to build the new me and take the final step to where I want to be. I’ve accepted my injury; learnt I can let my emotions go and not be embarrassed or afraid about asking for help which I couldn’t have done without the help of Team UK this last year.”
“Now it’s time I raise the bar by trying new sports, being positive and happier with fewer excuses. Selection will allow me to continue to support fellow athletes by encouraging and providing advice, which will give me a new onset of life and a new way of improving my self-esteem that I can be there for others without feeling like a burden myself. From meeting new faces at sports fest then seeing how far they have come in a short space of time at trials and then coming up to me to say thanks for the advice is such an amazing reward. I hope this is an aspect I can continue all the way to The Hague.”