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Katherine first won silver at Sydney Olympic Games in 2000 in the woman’s quadruple sculls with Guin Batten, Gillian Lindsay and Miriam Batten losing to a German team. Four years later in Athens, she won silver again when she took part in the coxless pairs with Cath Bishop losing to Georgeta Damian and Viorica Susanu of Romania.

The Olympic speaker returned to the quadruple sculls in Beijing 2008 when she won her third silver with Annie Vernon, Debbie Flood and Frances Houghton narrowly losing to China after taking the lead for a large part of the race.

Having been so close to an Olympic gold medal on three occasions, Grainger has had to deal with setbacks and in particular the disappointment of coming so close to achieving goals but slightly falling short. At the 2012 London Olympic Games, Katherine and Anna Watkins broke the Olympic record as they qualified for the Double Sculls final – they then went on to win the gold medal and Grainger finally won her long-anticipated gold medal at an Olympic Games.

In 2016, Grainger won her fifth Olympic medal, this time taking a silver medal in the double sculls. With five Olympic medals, she is one of Great Britain’s most decorated female Olympian sportstars. As an Olympic speaker, Katherine discusses not only her time at the Games but also the intensive training required to succeed in such a high endurance sport. A truly inspiring figure, Grainger uses her experiences and knowledge to inspire audiences across the world.

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The Royal Society of Edinburgh

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"Katherine's ability to engage and thrill both a young audience during the daytime and a wider public audience in the evening with her warm styles and charisma was marvellous. Her willingness to spend time answering questions, having her photo taken and sharing her gold medal with the audience was terrific. Katherine is an excellent speaker, a true ambassador for sport and a role model- not just for young people but for all"

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- Sir J P Arbuthnott, President, The Royal Society of Edinburgh

Thomsons Online Benefits

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"Katherine was one of the very best speakers I have ever heard speak, friendly to all my people and our clients, genuinely interested in other people's eyes, incredibly authentic. People were made to feel very special in the presence of a true sporting superstar. I was completely blown away by her, and that rarely happens believe me! She has made people think about their lives completely differently and the memory of her words will resonate with me for a very long time"

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- Michael, CEO, Thomsons Online Benefits

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"She was an enthralling speaker and all our guests were talking about how fantastic she was"

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