Beth Rodford

Rower // Women's Squad
Date of Birth: 28th Dec 1982 (33 years old)
Club: Gloucester Rowing Club
Height: 177.00
Hometown: Gloucester

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Lottery Funded - UK Sport

Beth Rodford is aiming to compete at a third Olympic Games during 2016.

A former World Champion at senior and U23 level, she is one of the most experienced members of the GB Rowing Team having made her debut in 1999.

Beth was an Olympic finalist at both Beijing 2008 and London 2012, in the women’s eight and quadruple scull respectively, and is ambitious to continue that run in Rio this season.

A former World Champion at senior and U23 level, Beth is bidding to compete at her third Olympic Games in 2016

On The Water

2012

Olympic Finalist Women's Quadruple Scull

2010

World Champion Women's Quadruple Scull

2008

Olympic Finalist Women's Eight

2004

World U23 Champion Women's Four

World University Bronze Medallist Women's Four

1999

World Junior Bronze Medallist Women's Four

Rio 2016 Olympiad: 2013 – 2016

The 2015 season was a frustrating one for Beth. She started it in the women’s quad with Melanie Wilson, Tina Stiller and Jess Leyden, finishing just outside the medals at the European Championships in Poznan and seventh at the World Cup in Varese. Beth then moved to the single scull for the Lucerne World Cup, finishing 16th, before being named as spare for the World Championships in Aiguebelette.

Beth raced in three different boats during 2013, finishing fourth in both the women’s double scull and eight at the Sydney World Cup. She was just off the podium again at Eton Dorney in the women’s quad before again finishing fourth with the eight at both the Lucerne World Cup and World Championships in Chungju.

The 2014 season saw Beth race in the women’s quad throughout, finishing fifth at both the European Championships in Belgrade and Aiguebelette World Cup with Tina Stiller, Lucinda Gooderham and Vicki Meyer-Laker. The injured Lucinda was replaced by Olivia Carnegie-Brown for the World Cup in Lucerne, where the quad won the B final, before returning to help GB finish ninth at the World Championships in Amsterdam.

London 2012 Olympiad: 2009 – 2012

After making her Olympic debut in the eight at Beijing 2008, Beth raced in the women’s quad throughout the London 2012 Olympiad.

She got off to a great start, winning World Cup gold in Banyoles and silver in Munich before finishing fifth at the 2009 World Championships in Poznan.

An outstanding 2010 saw Beth and the quad win gold at the World Cups in Bled and Lucerne, either side of silver in Munich. Beth, Debbie Flood, Frances Houghton and Annabel Vernon then made light of challenging conditions on New Zealand’s Lake Karapiro to be crowned as World Champions.

More medals followed during the 2011 World Cup series – bronze in Munich and silver in Lucerne – but the quad had to settle for seventh place at the World Championships in Bled.

Beth continued in the quad in 2012, winning bronze medals at the Belgrade and Munich World Cups. She was then selected for her second Olympic Games and finished sixth alongside Melanie Wilson, Debbie Flood and Frances Houghton at London 2012.

GB Competitive Record

Olympic Games
2012 6th W4x
2008 5th W8+
Olympic Games:
2012
6th
W4x
Olympic Games:
2008
5th
W8+

World Rowing Championships
2014 9th W4x
2013 4th W8+
2011 7th W4x
2010 W4x
2009 5th W4x
2007 12th W2-
2006 8th W8+
2005 5th W8+
World Rowing Championships:
2014
9th
W4x
World Rowing Championships:
2013
4th
W8+
World Rowing Championships:
2011
7th
W4x
World Rowing Championships:
2010
W4x
World Rowing Championships:
2009
5th
W4x
World Rowing Championships:
2007
12th
W2-
World Rowing Championships:
2006
8th
W8+
World Rowing Championships:
2005
5th
W8+

European Rowing Championships
2015 4th W4x
2014 5th W4x
European Rowing Championships:
2015
4th
W4x
European Rowing Championships:
2014
5th
W4x

World Rowing Cup Regattas
2015 Varese 16th W1x
2015 Lucerne 7th W4x
World Rowing Cup Regattas:
2015 Varese
16th
W1x
World Rowing Cup Regattas:
2015 Lucerne
7th
W4x

World U23 Rowing Championships
2004 W4-
2003 6th W4-
World U23 Rowing Championships:
2004
W4-
World U23 Rowing Championships:
2003
6th
W4-

World Rowing Junior Championships
2000 4th W4-
2000 6th W8+
1999 W4-
World Rowing Junior Championships:
2000
4th
W4-
World Rowing Junior Championships:
2000
6th
W8+
World Rowing Junior Championships:
1999
W4-

World University Rowing Championships
2004 W4-
World University Rowing Championships:
2004
W4-

GB Rowing Team Senior Trials
2015 9th W1x
2014 3rd W1x
2012 3rd W1x
2011 3rd W1x
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2015
9th
W1x
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2014
3rd
W1x
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2012
3rd
W1x
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2011
3rd
W1x

More info...

Beth made her first GB Rowing Team appearance in 1999, winning a bronze medal with the women’s four at the World Junior Championships in Plovdiv. She also competed at the 2000 Championships in Zagreb, finishing fourth in the four and sixth in the women’s eight.

After spending the 2001-02 academic year rowing at Washington State University in the United States, Beth returned to the UK to study Sport Science at Brunel University and made a successful GB Rowing Team senior debut at the Lucerne World Cup in 2004, winning gold in the women’s four. The same crew, including Anna Watkins, was also victorious at that year’s World U23 Championships in Poznan.

Beth won the pairs event at the GB Rowing Team Senior Trials in 2005 and raced in the pair and the eight at the Eton World Cup regatta, winning bronze in the latter event. She also took bronze in the four at the Lucerne World Cup before being part of the women’s eight that performed well at the 2005 World Championships in Japan, finishing 5th.

She remained in the eight in 2006, finishing sixth at the World Championships in Eton, and won World Cup silver in Linz in 2007 before switching to the pair for that year’s World Championships in Munich, finishing 12th.

Beth returned to the eight in 2008 and, after finishing fifth in Munich and sixth in Lucerne, won bronze at the World Cup in Poznan. She then made her Olympic debut in Beijing, finishing fifth.

Club: Gloucester Rowing Club

Boat: Women's Squad

Role: Rower

Coaches: Paul Thompson

Learnt to Row: Gloucester Rowing Club

Original Club(s): Gloucester Rowing Club

Original Coach(es): Mark and Cath Pollard

Beyond the Boat

Reading a good book and being creative are Beth’s hobbies away from rowing. She enjoys cake decorating and Great British Bake Off is her favourite TV programme, along with The Killing.

Her ideal travel destination is "anywhere hot with a beach and a sense of adventure" and the three things she would take to a desert island are a solar-powered water purifier, a pillow and a wind-up radio. She listens to whatever is on the radio in training but says the "Joseph and His Technicolor Dream Coat soundtrack is a good accompaniment to an 18k erg". Pizza and a cider is her perfect post-competition meal.

Beth remains the junior British Indoor Rowing record-holder over 2,000m in the J13, 14, 15 and 16 age groups.

Beth is Lottery Funded through UK Sport.

Personal information

Place of Birth Current Address Home Town Region
Burton-upon-Trent Caversham Gloucester Gloucestershire
Place of Birth:
Burton-upon-Trent
Current Address:
Caversham
Home Town:
Gloucester
Region:
Gloucestershire

Date of Birth Height Education
28th December 1982 177cm Brunel University
Date of Birth:
28th December 1982
Height:
177cm
Education:
Brunel University