Growing up Rachael played lots of different sports and at school she represented her County in hockey, netball and cross-country.
At university her housemate persuaded her to join her at a Thai boxing class and she loved it so she carried on training to keep fit for hockey.
She trained sporadically over the next 3-4 years until, whilst at Bradford Thai Boxing she got fed up with being sidelined because she was the only girl and insisted she wanted to fight.
Rachael had her first fight a week later at Leeds Town Hall against an experienced fighter and although she lost on points she was hooked.
Since then she has fought and beaten the British, European and World Champions to earn the No.1 spot in the World Rankings.
In 2006 Rachael topped the Women’s Thai-Boxing World Rankings in two weight categories, 50kg and 52kg, showing that her determination and hard work had paid off.
Following a knee injury, Rachael made the switch from Thai-boxing to Boxing, and she took silver at the National Championships in her first season.
Rachael also took silver in the ABA Elite boxing Championships (2016) and has been selected to box for England and become British Boxing Champion.
Rachael is part of the Sky Sports Living for Sport Athlete mentor team and she comments on this work “My role as an Athlete Mentor has enabled me to inspire and motivate young people across the UK to be the best they can be.
The young people I meet are so inspiring for me. It is amazing to see so much enthusiasm and desire to achieve. By learning new skills and disciplines that they can apply to all aspects of life, today’s youngsters can really strive to achieve all of their aspirations.”
As a physiotherapist Rachael has worked in a variety of clinical settings, including the NHS, private hospitals, nursing homes, special needs schools and a range of sports clubs. In addition to this she has worked with elite athletes including world champion martial art practitioners and Olympic athletes.
Rachael has a special interest in the treatment of movement disorders and restoring normal movement and function in both the treatment of neurological conditions and sports injuries.
Rachael regularly undertakes post-graduate training to ensure she is at the cutting edge of physiotherapy provision.
Throughout her career Rachael has had to overcome prejudice from those who do not believe women should compete in a contact sport.
Through her success and perseverance Rachael has helped to improve the profile and opportunities for female Thai-boxers.