A local resident who became part of Britain’s golden generation of Olympians.
Born in Glasgow and brought up in Aberdeen, Olympic and World Champion rower Katherine is a resident of Maidenhead.
At the age of 40, she won her 5th Olympic medal in the Double Sculls at the Rio Olympics, after competing at every summer Olympic Games since Sydney 2000. After winning silver medals at Sydney, Athens and Beijing, Katherine finally won a gold medal in the Double Scull in the London games in 2012. Her gold post box is not in Maidenhead, but in her old home town of Aberdeen.
Katherine took up rowing in 1993, while a student at Edinburgh University. Four years later she won a gold medal at the World Under-23 Championships, and bronze at the World Championships. In all, she has won eight World Championship medals, including six golds.
In 1998, Katherine became a Steward of the Henley Royal Regatta, becoming only the third rower to be elected a steward while still competing
Katherine was awarded an MBE in 2006, and a CBE in 2013. In 2013 she also completed her PhD in Law and became a fellow of Kings College University. She has also been elected to the British Olympic Association’s Athlete Commission.
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