A FORMER world champion Thai boxer from Harrogate is preparing to join an epic trek across the Arctic.
Rachael Mackenzie will be joining pupils from Springfields School in Wiltshire, who have behavioural and developmental disorders, for the challenge, which will be filmed for a documentary.
It was set up to prove that students who have difficulty with communication and expressing their emotions, are capable of achieving things which many people would find too hard.
Rachael has been preparing with the help of Kao-Loi Thai boxing coach Channelle Borgen.
She said: “When we expect young people, and ourselves, to constantly achieve more they begin to respond and behave as though they can achieve.
“Springfields, along with the Athlete Support Projects delivered by the Youth Sports Trust, have succeeded in achieving with young people where many others have failed, and that is due to the commitment of the staff in expecting and striving for greatness with each and every one of their pupils.”
Also on the trip will be former Royal Marine Commando Alan Chambers, who led the first unsupported expedition to the North Pole, and Dr Ed Coats who travelled with James Cracknell and Ben Fogle on their race to the South Pole.
Rachael, a specialist neurological physiotherapist, took a break from Thai boxing when she had twins, but is now making a return with a British title fight in July.