With Olympic gold at London 2012 to add to her silver medals from Sydney in 2000, Athens in 2004, and Beijing in 2008, as well as six world championships titles in her collection, Katherine is Britain’s most successful female rower.


In September 2014, Katherine returned to full-time training with the GB Rowing Squad with Rio 2016 Olympics in her sights. Follow her progress in our News pages.


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“The book is a testament to friendship” (The Observer)

“… as much about people as it is about the physical and mental challenges of world-class rowing” (The Financial Times)

“a beautifully crafted tale of a singular woman… an important and long overdue book… its pages are rich with emotion; passion, anger and determination ooze out of the text.” (Rowing & Regatta Magazine)



The paperback edition of Katherine’s autobiography (pictured above) is now available. It features an updated foreword, a new cover and title; ‘Katherine Grainger the Autobiography’. Purchase a copy here.



On Friday 20th March, Katherine was inaugurated as Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University.

She replaces human rights activist Shami Chakrabarti. Dr Chakrabarti attended the ceremony, as well as Channel 4 broadcaster Jon Snow, who was Chancellor from 2001-2008, and barrister Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, who held the role from 1994 to 2001.


Shami Chakrabarti, left, with Dr Katherine Grainger. Picture: Damian Halliwell

Dr Grainger said “I can’t wait to get started as Chancellor in this momentous 150th anniversary year for Oxford Brookes and be a part of the future of this fantastic institution.”

She admitted some nerves before taking on the seven-year role and said “I have some big, big shoes to fill. Oxford Brookes is renowned for its very strong principles and values, and previous chancellors are known for their work on human rights and things. I was a bit concerned as I’m better known as an athlete, so I wasn’t sure how that would fit. It’s incredibly flattering.”