Rowing: Dame Katherine Grainger

Katherine won the Olympic Gold at London 2012 alongside teammate Anna Watkins in the double sculls and is Britain's most successful female rower and the only female athlete - in any sport - to gain medals in four consecutive Olympic Games. Katherine took up rowing at Edinburgh University in 1993 and made such good progress she was awarded the Eva Bailey Trophy as their most outstanding female athlete in 1996 and again in 1997 when she won her first international Gold medal at the U23 World Rowing Championships.

Katherine has shared memories of starting out in the sport:

"When I went to Edinburgh University I was aware of a girl called Dot Blackie who had just graduated before I arrived and who had been the first female captain of the Edinburgh University Boat Club. She was a legend at the University and by then was part of the British Olympic rowing team. Having not just a role model but having one who had been in the same team, sat in the same boat, trained in the same gym as I was now doing meant I had a personal link to a genuine role model. That makes you believe that that level of success is possible."

Recalling the final in 2012

"One of the most important things I knew coming into this race was that Anna (Watkins) and I had won every race for the previous three years, that we were fit and well, that this was the best chance of Olympic Gold we would ever get. We believed we could cope with any eventuality or we at least would know how to deal with it. The massive question we couldn't answer was, on the day of the Olympic final could we cope with ‘the moment'? The pressure had built and built and a nation expected. So many people had helped and supported us along the journey in the most wonderful of ways and we really wanted to deliver the result for everyone."

Since winning her Olympic Gold Katherine has been honoured with a CBE, gained a PhD, been short-listed for the 2012 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award and had a post box in Aberdeen painted gold in her honour. She was elected to the British Olympic Association's Athlete Commission and a board member for International Inspiration (a London 2012 legacy charity).

In April 2017 Katherine was appointed Chair of UK Sport

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