Alexandra Rickham represented ParalympicsGB at three consecutive Paralympic Games and is a double Paralympic bronze medallist.
Following a diving accident in 1995, Alexandra first sailed on a day out while rehabbing in Miami. However she didn’t start taking the sport seriously until studying at Imperial College, London, 10 years later. Alexandra started sailing with Niki Birrell in November 2007 but had earlier spent eight months training to helm in the new SKUD class while studying.
Rickham and Birrell narrowly missed out on a podium place on their Paralympic debut at Beijing 2008, but entered competition at London 2012 as reigning World Champions.
After several days of highly competitive racing they were awarded the bronze medal after poor conditions on the final day of competition denied the duo the chance to race for silver.
In addition to the gold medal that Helena Lucas won in the 2,4mR, the bronze medal from Rickham and Birell helped ParalympicsGB to secure their most successful performance in sailing at a Paralympic Games since the event was formally introduced to the programme in 2000.
At Rio 2016, Rickham and Birrell succeeded in winning bronze in a highly competitive field.
The pair have won five World Championship titles in their class.
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