I took up canoeing when I was 16 years old, after first sitting in a boat on a PGL Adventure holiday whilst with my friend, David Atkin.
Since retiring from Slalom in 2012, I have continued working as a Primary School Teacher, as well as presenting regular sports pieces for BBC East Midlands Today.
I live in Nottingham with my partner, Mark and our gorgeous boys, Max and Oliver.
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World Record

I hold 3 Guinness World Records. On September 18th, 2014, I gained my latest one for the most Eskimo rolls in a minute, with a paddle (30!) The record attempt was filmed by Mike Bushell, for BBC Breakfast and hosted by Mark Dennison.

BBC East Midlands Today Video.

On June 24th, 2010, I set the world hand rolling record, for the fastest time to do 100 eskimo rolls without a paddle, in 3 minutes and 46 seconds.

Back in 2000, I broke my own Guinness World Record (originally set in 1995!) for the fastest time to do 100 eskimo rolls with a paddle. This record is still standing and has earned me a place several times in the Guinness Book of Records.


I have made many films for BBC East Midlands Today - here are a selection:

Linford Christie's Street Athletics

Olympic Legacy with Canoeist Fiona Pennie

My return to fitness after having a baby

Paula Radcliffe on competing as a mum!

Lucy and Grace Garner

The School Games

Jason Gardener inspiring kids

I am trained to film, write and part edit my pieces, skills I have loved learning.

TV and Press Appearances

I've been a guest on numerous TV shows, including Record Breakers, Don't Try This At Home!, They Think Its All Over, Linfords Record Breakers, You Bet, This Morning - with Richard and Judy and Test The Nation.

Whilst I was competing in Canoe Slalom, I frequently appeared in the local press and on the regional news. I featured in many women's fitness magazines and was a finalist in the Cosmopolitan Woman of The Year Awards.


If you would like to view my new showreel please click here.

What My Friends Have Said About Me

Linford Christie

Former 100m Gold Medalist

Helen is dedicated and hard working. I think she'll go a long way. I would recommend Helen to potential sponsors!

Chris Wheatley

Head Teacher, Candleby Lane Primary School, Cotgrave

Helen is a great ambassador for sporting excellence, exhibiting determination and tenacity required to become a top athelete. She is an inspiration to all primary aged children. Our very own celebrity!

Latest News

Please check back regularly for exciting updates.

Marti Pellow Interview

  • June 2018

Marti Pellow talks about his 30 year career, the 2018 Private Collection Tour and the future of Wet Wet Wet ahead of two shows in Notts. Who better to speak to him about his three decades in pop than lifelong fan Helen Barnes.

Click here to read my Marti Pellow interview.

Limahl Interview

  • June 2018

Limahl talks Too Shy, big hair, bad experiences and training to be an actor ahead of Newark Festival appearance.

Click here to read my Limahl interview.

London Marathon 2018

  • April 2018

I’m attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the fastest time to run a marathon dressed as a television character. It’s all in aid of Dementia UK and for my amazing Dad, Cliff. Please read my story by clicking on the link here and donate if you can. Thank you.

Helen's JustGiving page.

Teletubbies Live - Nottingham Post

  • March 2018

Click here to read my Teletubbies Live review.

I did it!! I ran the London Marathon!!

  • April 2016

What an amazing experience... Having never ran more than a mile or 2 in my life, it felt incredible to run the London Marathon and finish in 4 hours 54 minutes. With just 16 weeks training it was never going to be easy, but I achieved my aim of running the whole way and I loved every minute! Thanks for all the support. I've raised almost £2000 for the NSPCC in the process and it's not too late to donate if you'd like to - please see previous post for the link to my 'just giving' page.

I'm running the London Marathon for the NSPCC!

  • April 2016

Later this month I will be running the London Marathon for a great cause, the NSPCC. If you fancy sponsoring me, here is the link: Helen's JustGiving page.

Canoe Slalom

I competed in Canoe Slalom for over 20 years, retiring in 2012 as the reserve for the London 2012 Olympics. I represented both Great Britain and Ireland during that time, racing in World Cups, European and World Championships. My best GB end of season National ranking was 3rd.

Olympic Selection 2012 - Best Bits

Get in Touch

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