Place of birthCanterbury

Height5' 9"

Rachel Hanagan made her international debut in December 2019 when she finished 10th in the Europa Cup race in Konigssee.

Rachel went on to race in the double headers in Igls and Altenberg, recording a season's best eighth in Austria in January.

She joined the GB Skeleton Talent squad in the summer of 2017 having come through the UK Sport talent identification campaign, Discover Your Gold.

A keen sportswoman throughout her school years, Rachel started ballet lessons when she was just three years old and went on to play netball to county standard in Kent. Her primary sporting focus prior to skeleton was athletics and she competed at county, regional and national level over a 15-year period.

As a triple jumper, Rachel won UK School Games Gold, reached consecutive British Universities and Colleges Sports finals and was ranked No1 in the UK.

A series of niggling injuries meant she was considering bringing an end to her sporting ambitions before she came across Discover Your Gold while attending a Sport Science course at Loughborough University with the English Institute of Sport.


  • Nickname: Machine because I just keep going and apparently make things look easy. My face doesn't necessarily correspond with how my body's feeling during training, though!
  • Most likely to be spotted: at an athletics track or making something and generally being creative
  • Least likely to be found: in the pub watching football (it's boring!)
  • Me in three: determined, dedicated, creative
  • Hero: Jessica Ennis-Hill. She demonstrates that, with hard work, patience and self belief, you can overcome setbacks and barriers and ultimately achieve your goals and dreams. She's a true inspiration and the perfect role model for women in sport
  • If I wasn’t a slider: I would probably be a sports physiotherapist. I'd definitely be doing something within sport as I'm so passionate about it