Henley Women's Olympians


Katherine Grainger

Olympic Champion London 2012

In 1997, a young Katherine Grainger took an important win at Henley Women’s Regatta – taking the inaugural Redgrave Trophy for Open Pairs with Francesca Zino. They went on to take gold at the U23 World Championships, beginning her 15 years of international success. There was only one gap in the palmarès – and this was filled in 2012 with Olympic gold when, along with partner Anna Watkins, she won the double sculls final at Eton Dorney in dominant style.

Kat Copeland

Won elite singles 2009

Kat Copeland had only been in the senior GB Rowing Team squad for two seasons when she and Sophie Hosking won their historic medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games, the first Olympic title ever for the GB lightweight women’s squad.


Helen Glover

Won senior singles 2009

Double Olympic champion, three-times world champion, twice European champion and multiple World Cup gold-medal winner – Helen Glover is one of the most decorated athletes in the GB rowing team.

Imogen Walsh

Imogen Walsh is one of GB’s most successful lightweight women’s rowers having won multiple medals at world and European championships, as well as on the World Cup stage.


Natasha Page

Natasha Page finished 5th in the women’s eight at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games.

Olivia Whitlam

Olivia Whitlam made her Olympic debut in 2008 when she competed with Louisa Reeve in the women’s pair and finished in sixth place.

She also competed at London 2012 as part of the women’s eight where the crew finished fifth.

Olivia also competed at the 2010 World Championships where, as part of the women’s eight, she narrowly missed out on a podium finish.


Victoria Thornley

Olympic silver medallist Vicky Thornley came through the GB Rowing Team Start programme to establish herself as one of the country’s leading scullers. She won silver in the double with Katherine Grainger at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Melanie Wilson

Won E4- 2009

Melanie Wilson made the switch from sculling to sweep in 2016 and saw that move pay dividends as she won a historic silver medal with the women’s eight at the Rio Olympic Games.

Melanie Wilson made her second appearance on the Olympic stage in Rio, having finished sixth with the women’s quadruple scull at London 2012.

Melanie made her GB rowing team debut in 2009, the same year she started reading medicine at Imperial College, and qualified as a doctor in 2015.


Sanita Puspure

2011 HWR winner for Ireland in E4x and E2x

Sanita Pušpure is a Latvian and Irish professional rower. She initially competed for Latvia at a junior level, but she moved to Ireland in 2006 and began competing for the country in 2010, gaining Irish nationality in 2011.

She was selected as the sole rowing competitor for Ireland at the London 2012 OlympicGames, where she did not win a medal, and also competed in the women’s single sculls at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Lily van den Broecke

At the London 2012 Paralympics, Lily coxed the LTA mixed coxed four with crewmates Pamela Relph, Naomi Riches, David Smith and James Roe. The crew won a fine gold medal finishing over 2 seconds ahead of Germany and were awarded MBEs in the 2013 New Year’s Honours List.

At the 2011 World Rowing Championships in Bled Lily coxed the LTA mixed coxed four to a gold medal and in the final World Cup of 2012 in Munich, Lily once again coxed the LTA mixed coxed four to a gold medal. In 2010 she coxed the JW8+ to a gold medal at the World Rowing Junior Championships in Racice, Czech Republic. Lily was at Headington School and coxed the winning Headington Boat in the junior eights event at HWR in 2009.