Dame Katherine Grainger DBE
One of London 2012’s shining stars, inspirational rower Dame Katherine Grainger DBE is Britain's most decorated female Olympian, winning medals at five consecutive Olympic Games. Adept in facing adversity and unimaginable challenges Katherine’s momentous success story speaks to all audiences on the rewards of fierce determination. The world champion offers insights into leadership, teamwork and the key to success.
One of London 2012’s shining stars, inspirational rower Dame Katherine Grainger DBE Britain's most decorated female Olympian, winning medals in five consecutive Olympic Games. She has become a figurehead for women’s rowing worldwide.
Born in Glasgow, Katherine’s sporting career began at school and was nurtured throughout her education, until she turned professional. As a member of the GB Rowing squad, she now lives and trains close to the River Thames.
She has received numerous accolades and was named a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 2006.
At Sydney 2000 Katherine experienced her first Olympic success, and her taste for medals was born. Success followed with Silvers in Athens and Beijing, and the ultimate gold on home ground came at London 2012, alongside teammate Anna Watkins, winning the women’s doubles sculls. Winning a silver medal in Rio 2016 crowned Katherine as Britain's most decorated female Olympian.
In addition to her impressive Olympic success, Katherine is also a 6 times World Champion, and she won a gold medal in the U23 World Rowing championships in 1997 at the start of her record-breaking career. Uniquely for the sport, she is a world champion in all possible boat classes: the single, double, pair, quad and eight.
Named Scottish Sportsperson of the Year in 2009 and awarded the “Emirates Lonsdale Trophy” by Commonwealth Games Scotland, Katherine was excited to be awarded an honorary doctorate by The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, the following year, and an honorary doctorate from her former university, Edinburgh University in 2011.
In 2012 she was chosen as one of the five athlete ambassadors for promoting the key messages of Team GB – the 2012 Olympic Team. Katherine celebrated the end of a momentous year with a nomination for BBC Sports Personality of the Year. Katherine was awarded a CBE in the 2013 Honours List. 2015 saw her inaugurated as the Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University.
An expert at overcoming challenges in sport and working towards a goal with fierce determination, Katherine is an excellent motivational speaker.