History making former rower, Katherine Grainger rewrote the record book with her 20 years career as a professional rower. Competing in the double scull event since her university days, Katherine rose through the ranks to eventually claim gold at the Olympics and become a legend of the sport. Honoured with a Damehood in 2017 for her services to rowing and charity, Katherine has been recognised globally for her influence on British sports and as such is highly sought after as a keynote speaker at events. Booked to inspire and motivate other successful women to strive for their goals, no matter the hurdles in place, Katherine’s talks empower individuals and teams with a long-lasting impact.
Best known for her Olympic success, Katherine made her debut at the Sydney Games in 2000 and never looked back. Securing a silver medal in the women’s quadruple sculls put Katherine on the map as a serious competitor and she has since achieved silver medals at a further three Games’. The highlight of her career came in 2012, when alongside her partner, Anna Watkins, Katherine won Gold at the London 2012 Games, a huge achievement on home soil. Such impressive achievements have seen Katherine become the joint most decorated British female Olympian in history, the most successful female rower, and the only female in any sport to win medals at five consecutive Games. Katherine is also a six-time World Champion.
Having pushed the boundaries of women’s rowing, Katherine has been recognised for her achievements through various industry awards. From being named the Sunday Times Sportswomen Olympian of the Year 2012, to winning the British Rowing Medal of Honour in 2016 and the Team GB ‘Olympians’ Olympian, Katherine’s influence extends beyond rowing and sports, to inspire a nation.
Currently, Katherine is acting as the Chair at UK Sports, utilising her decades of first-hand experience to influence the high performing athletes of the future. Additionally, she is an in-demand speaker, sought after to share her story of success and the how she overcame the challenges of a lack of gender diversity in her sport. Acting as a role model to women everywhere, Katherine has achieved many ‘first’ for females in rowing and as such is the ideal speaker to empower others to replicate her qualities in their lives.
Katherine Grainger is regularly booked to engage audiences at events, read their latest feedback below:
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 style and charisma was marvellous. Her willingness to spend time answering questions, having her photo taken and sharing her gold medal with the audiences was terrific. Katherine is an excellent speaker, a true ambassador for sport and a role model – not just for young people but for all.
“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.”