Katherine Grainger joined Anna Watkins in the double in 2010 and they remained unbeaten, winning the last two world titles and all three World Cups leading up to the London Olympic Games. At the GB trials in 2012, Grainger regained her women’s single scull title.
By the time she left secondary school she was a black belt in karate and took up rowing at the University of Edinburgh in 1993. Her international career took off in 1997 when she won gold at the World Under-23 Championships.
She has a degree and Masters in law and a PhD in homicide.
At the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Grainger won gold in rowing, double scull with partner Anna Watkins.
Already with silver medals from Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008, Katherine became Great Britain’s most successful Olympic female rower and the only female athlete – in any sport – to gain medals in four consecutive Olympic Games.
She was awarded an MBE in 2006 and a CBE in 2013 for services to sport.