Katherine Grainger is Britain's most successful female rower and the only female athlete – in any sport – to gain medals in four consecutive Olympic Games, including Gold at the 2012 Summer Olympics. She is currently Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University.
Katherine took up rowing at Edinburgh University in 1993 and in 1996 was awarded the Eva Bailey Trophy as the University's most outstanding female athlete. She was awarded the Eva Bailey Trophy again in 1997, after winning her first international Gold medal at the U23 World Rowing Championships. In November 2009, Katherine was named Scottish Sportsperson of the Year and awarded the Emirates Lonsdale Trophy by Commonwealth Games Scotland, becoming the first female to win this prestigious award.
She subsequently graduated in law and then 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 homicides at King’s College, University of London.
Katherine is a recipient of an honorary doctorate awarded by The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, and has also received an honorary doctorate from her former university at Edinburgh. In addition, she is the Honorary President of the Scottish Amateur Rowing Association and is a member of Edinburgh rowing club St Andrew Boat Club, as well as being an honorary life member of Aberdeen Boat Club.
In the 2013 New Year's Honours list, Katherine was appointed Commander of the order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to rowing.
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