A sportswoman who proves that it is possible to achieve your goal despite knock backs. Katherine Grainger finally added a Gold Olympic medal to her three Silvers from the Beijing, Athens and Sydney Olympic Games
Six times World Champion rower
Gold medalist, London 2012 Olympics
Four times Olympic medalist
Olympic record breaker
Speaking style; as passionate about helping motivate others to achieve their goals as she is about rowing, Katherine Grainger is a truly inspiring speaker.
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Katherine Grainger discovered her love of rowing whilst studying Law at Edinburgh University. Her talent was apparent and she was twice awarded the university’s Eva Bailey Trophy (for most outstanding female athlete). Having discovered such a passion and ability for the sport, Grainger decided to train alongside her studies and her rowing went from strength to strength. Winning gold at the 1997 World Under 23 Championship was an early indication of her future within rowing and even at this early stage of her career she achieved a bronze at the World Championships against many more seasoned rowers.
A talented individual sportswoman, Grainger is also an asset to teams. She has excelled in single, double and quadruple scull competitions and even as part of a team of eight. Being a team member in such a high pressure environment can prove a challenge, but Grainger’s humour, good nature and communication skills mean that she is a valued and motivational team player. Having had a highly successful career and having won a silver medal at silver medal at three Olympic Games, Grainger set her sights on a gold at London 2012. Motivated and diligent, Grainger and rowing partner Anna Watkins went on to break the Olympic record when they qualified for the Double Sculls final, (with a time of 6:44.33 in the preliminary heats) before winning the coveted gold medal.
Whilst succeeding in rowing over the years, Grainger had not given up on her academic studies. She studied Medical Law and Medical Ethics at Glasgow University as a post-graduate, achieving her Master of Philosophy degree. Now spending much of her time in London (where she rows for the GB team) she is continuing to study, this time at the University of London’s Kings College, for her Ph.D. in Homicide. Education is something she feels very strongly about and she is keen to inspire young people to pursue sports without abandoning academic studies.
Grainger became a speaker in order to share her knowledge about teamwork, communication and motivation. She has worked with a variety of high profile clients, including Lloyds TSB, The Sunday Times, Coca-Cola, BT, RBS, Energiser, and the England Women’s Football Team.
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