Dame Katherine Grainger

2008 Inductee

Katherine Grainger is Great Britain’s most successful female Rower and multiple medal winner at World Championships and two Olympics Games. Katherine only took up Rowing while at University and she made remarkable progress going on to win the prestigious Female Athlete of the Year award on two occasions, in 1995-96 and 1996-97, which is a unique achievement.

She also received a University Blue for Rowing in 1997. Later in 1997, she was a member of the Great Britain Women’s eight that took Bronze at the World Championships.

Since then, she has won several Golds at World Cup Regattas and gold medals in four World Championships – in 2003 in the pairs, and in 2005, 2006 and 2007 in the quadruple sculls.

At the Sydney Olympics in 2000, she won a silver medal in the Quadruple sculls and four years later in Athens she claimed another Olympic Silver medal in the pairs event. Katherine was awarded an MBE in 2006 for service to Rowing.

Achievements since induction

Since her induction into the Hall of Fame in 2008 Katherine added a further two silver  (Rio 2016 and Beijing 2008) and a a gold Olympic medal (London 2012) to her collection becoming the  first British woman to win her five medals at five successive games.

Katherine was named ‘Dame Katherine Grainger’ in the 2017 New Years Honours List for services to rowing and charity.