The road to Rio 2016 is a long one

Helena Lucas MBE - First ahtlete to be named for either TeamGB or ParalympicsGB

The Road to RIO 2016 begins


I know, for the athletes, it is a 4 year Road to RIO, but for us photographers sometimes it seems like we just turn up take a few photos and then go to the next job.

This morning my Road to RIO 2016 started with the first announcement of an athlete to compete in either the Olympics or Paralympics and it just so happened that it was a Paralympian. Helena Lucas MBE has been named to compete in the sailing (2.4mR class) for ParalympicGB. It was quite a day for her, as it is also her 40th birthday today, I hope she doesn't mind me saying that.

Helena won Gold at London 2012 and is hoping to retain her title in RIO, something that has never been done before by any Paralympic sailor. We wish her the best of luck.


She is pictured here onboard the Cutty Sark in London with her LONDON 2012 Gold medal. (Photo copyright Garry Bowden/SIPPA)