Dame Katherine Grainger is the current Chair of UK Sport having been appointed for a second term of four years in 2021.
Katherine is one of Britain’s most decorated female Olympian’s of all time and the first British woman to win medals at five successive Olympic Games. These include a memorable gold medal at London 2012, which followed silver medals at Sydney, Athens, Beijing and at Rio 2016 with a record breaking fifth medal from five Olympics.
In November 2009, Katherine was named as Scottish Sportsperson of the Year and awarded the “Emirates Lonsdale Trophy” by Commonwealth Games Scotland, the first female to win this prestigious award. In 2016, her fellow Olympians voted her Britain’s first Olympians’ Olympian. On retiring from rowing, Katherine was awarded the world of rowing’s most prestigious prize, the Thomas Keller Medal, for an Outstanding Career in Rowing.
She is the Honorary President of the Scottish Amateur Rowing Association.
Katherine was born and educated in Scotland, graduating in law from Edinburgh University. She went on to achieve an MPhil in Medical Law and Medical Ethics from Glasgow University. In May 2013, she completed a PhD in the sentencing of homicide at King’s College, University of London.
She is a Fellow of King’s College and a Regent of Edinburgh University and has received honorary doctorates from nine universities. Katherine is the current Chancellor of Glasgow University.
For services to rowing, Katherine was awarded an MBE in 2006 and a CBE in 2013. She serves as an ambassador, patron or board member of various charities and sporting bodies and this was recognised when, to round off an exceptional 20 year career in sport, she became Dame Katherine Grainger in the 2017 New Year’s Honours List for services to sport and charity.
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