Rachael topped the Thai boxing world rankings
RACHAEL MacKenzie, pictured, is a Sky Sports athlete mentor for Yorkshire.
She started Thai boxing in 2000 and her hard work paid off in 2006 when she topped the women's Thai boxing world rankings in two weight categories.
Rachael has also taken two British titles – both by knockout – and a European title.
She became the first European woman to compete in traditional bare-knuckle Thai- Boxing in Thailand and the first woman to fight under Full Muay-Thai Rules in the UK.
Throughout her Thai boxing career Rachael has had to overcome prejudice from people who do not believe women should compete in contact sports.
Her success and perseverance has helped her to improve the profile of her sport and opportunities for female Thai boxers.