Dame Katherine Grainger CBE

One of the most successful British sportswomen in history

Katherine Grainger

Dame Katherine Grainger CBE is a British rower best known for her success at the London Olympics in 2012. Born in Glasgow, the Olympic speaker is one of the most successful British sportswomen in history, boasting an Olympic gold medal, four silvers and six World Championship golds. Now retired, Grainger spends a lot of her time as a speaker where she discusses vital business-related topics such as peak performance and maximising success.

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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When speaking at events, Grainger is known to discuss the following topics:

  • Peak Performance
  • Maximising Success
  • Achieving Goals
  • Sporting Success
  • Building a Legacy
  • Being Under the Spotlight

Over the course of her career, Grainger has the following achievements:

  • One gold medal at the 2012 London Olympic Games
  • Six gold medals at the World Championships
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