A SPORTS star who overcame adversity to get to the top of her game visited students at a York school.

Rachael Mackenzie dropped in at Canon Lee School yesterday to talk about her fight to the top, as part of Sky Sports' Living for Sport programme.

She spoke to groups of students in Years 7, 8 and 9 about her story - which has seen her top the Women's Thai-boxing world rankings just six years after she took up the sport; and win two British titles and a European title.

Rachael 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.

The school's Anita Ringsell said: "The students responded really well to Rachael's story - they related to her and were quite inspired by her stories of having a difficult childhood."

Later in the term Canon Lee is to host former England rugby player Paul Broadbent, and will welcome Rachael back for a prize-giving at the end of the project.