Helen Arbuthnot became involved with rowing in 2004 and is now cox of the Irish mixed cox four boat.

The team secured fifth place in the 2010 World Championships in New Zealand.

Their fifth-place finish at Slovenia’s 2011 World Rowing Championships means that they will become the first Irish boat to compete at a Paralympic Games.

Age: 27

Hometown: Christchurch, UK

Sports classification: LTA