Katherine Grainger

Katherine Grainger is Britain’s most successful female rower. Her Olympic achievements make her the first female British athlete – in any sport – to gain medals in four consecutive Olympic Games. A true inspiration to all, Katherine is a class act both in and out of the water and a figurehead for women’s rowing worldwide.

Olympic success began in 2000 when Katherine took the Silver medal at Sydney. She successfully followed that performance with Silvers in Athens and Beijing. Katherine captured her elusive Gold in 2012, alongside teammate Anna Watkins, winning the women’s doubles sculls at the Olympic Games in London.

In addition to her unrivalled Olympic success, Katherine is a remarkable 6 times World Champion. Katherine won in 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007 as well as in 2010 and 2011. She also won a gold medal in the U23 World Rowing Championships in 1997 at the onset of her glittering career. Uniquely in Britain, she has won medals at world championship level in all possible boat classes: the single, double, pair, quad and eight.

Katherine’s rowing accomplishments have been well recognised within Great Britain. The Sunday Times Olympian of the Year and voted 2009 Scottish Sportsperson of the year, she was named a MBE in 2006, and recently appointed CBE in 2013 for her services to rowing. The IOC bestowed upon Katherine the honour of handing out flowers to the volunteers at the Olympic Closing Ceremony, in recognition of her contribution to British sport.

Katherine attended Edinburgh University to study Law, then went on to achieve an MPhil in Medical Law and Medical Ethics from Glasgow University, and achieved a PhD for Homicide at Kings College University London. She has received honorary doctorates form the Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen and from the University of Edinburgh. She is the Honorary President of the Scottish Amateur Rowing Association, a member of Edinburgh rowing club St Andrew Boat Club and Marlow Rowing Club, and an honorary life member of Aberdeen Boat Club. She is only the third rower and the first female to be elected role of Steward of Henley Royal Regatta while still competing, a mark of her outstanding achievements in the water. She is a keen advocate for young people and women in sports.

Currently, she is a BBC pundit covering the Rowing World Cup events. She was elected to the British Olympic Associations Athlete Commission and is a Champion for the 2018 Glasgow bid to host the Youth Olympic Games.

Katherine’s autobiography Dreams Come True was published in August 2013 with foreword by Sir Stephen Redgrave.

We are happy to have Katherine as featured presenter for the BodyHoliday’s Wellfit Families 2014!


Sunday, 10th August – Sunday, 17th August, 2014

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