Dame Katherine Grainger

Dame Katherine Grainger is the current chair of UK Sport, and Great Britain’s most decorated female Olympian, winning five medals between 2000 and 2016, including a memorable gold at London 2012.
Dame Katherine Grainger

Dame Katherine Grainger is the current chair of UK Sport, and Great Britain’s most decorated female Olympian, winning five medals in rowing between 2000 and 2016, including a memorable gold at London 2012.

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.

Following an incredible career that included six world championship gold medals, and three successive Olympic silver medals, in 2012 Katherine’s dreams were realised when she won the elusive Olympic gold medal alongside teammate Anna Watkins in the double sculls in London. She is Britain’s most successful female rower and the only female athlete – in any sport – to gain medals in five consecutive Olympic Games.

Outside of sport, Katherine graduated in law from Edinburgh University, then went on to achieve an MPhil in Medical Law and Medical Ethics from Glasgow University, and in May 2013 completed a PhD in the sentencing of homicide at King’s College, University of London. She has also been awarded honorary doctorates from both The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen and Edinburgh University.

She was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2006 Birthday Honours, Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to rowing, and Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to sport and charity.

Katherine was appointed as chancellor of Oxford Brookes University in March 2015, and following her retirement from rowing after winning a fourth silver medal at the Rio 2016 Olympics, she succeeded Rod Car as chair of UK Sport in July 2017.

She is a strong advocate of PE and school sport, having been involved in numerous Youth Sport initiatives over the years, including Girls Active, National School Sport Week and Lead your generation.