With five Olympic medals made up of one gold and four silver, Katherine is the only female athlete to ever gain medals in five consecutive Olympic Games. This honour saw her be announced in the 2013 New Year’s Honours as having been granted a CBE. Her ability to dominate in her sporting arena while also gaining a PhD at one of the top 25 universities in the world has cemented her status as one of the most in demand corporate speakers on the circuit.
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.
Katherine first won silver at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 in the woman’s Quadruple Sculls. In Athens in 2004, she won silver in the coxless pairs. And, in Beijing 2008 she won her third silver, again in the Quadruple Sculls. At the London Olympics in 2012, Katherine and Anna Watkins broke the Olympic record as they qualified for the Double Sculls final, before going on to win the gold medal. Katherine has also won eight medals at World Championships, between 1997 and 2011.
Other a wards include, being named as Scottish Sportsperson of the Year and awarded the ‘Emirates Lonsdale Trophy’ by Commonwealth Games Scotland in 2009. She’s also been elected to the British Olympic Association’s Athlete Commission and became a member of the Board for the charity ‘International Inspiration’. Grainger has been appointed as the Chair of UK Sport for a term of four years.
Katherine has also appeared on multiple TV shows including an appearance on the ‘Superstars’ and guest appearances on ‘A Question of Sport’, ‘Countdown’ and ‘The Clare Balding Show’. She has also spent time working for the BBC as a co-presenter on the Rowing World Cup coverage, the BBC ‘Inspire’ series and as a pundit during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Katherine is a highly sought after keynote and after dinner speaker. Excelling when talking of teamwork, overcoming challenges, motivation, winning and the importance of communication.