Alison Knowles

 Alison Knowles

At the 2012 GB Rowing Team Senior Trials held on 10/11 March at Eton/Dorney, Alison raced in the women's pair with crewmate Monica Relph, finishing 5th.

At the 2011 World Rowing Championships in Bled, Slovenia, Alison raced in the Women's Eight with crew mates Jo Cook, Jessica Eddie, Louisa Reeve, Natasha Page, Lindsey Maguire, Katie Greves, Victoria Thornley and (cox) Caroline O'Connor. The crew won a Bronze medal, just 2 seconds behind Canada.

During the 2011 World Cup Series Alison raced in the women's eight, taking a silver medal in Munich and 4th place in Lucerne.

At the 2011 GB Rowing Team Senior Trials held on 16-17 April at Eton/Dorney, Alison and crewmate Jo Cook were third in the women's pair.

At the 2010 World Rowing Championships on New Zealand's Lake Karapiro, Alison and her crewmates came 4th in the women's eight.

For the 2010 World Cup Series Alison raced in the women's eight at all three events and in Bled doubled up into the GB second women's pair with Jess Eddie, taking 6th place.  In the eight Alison won gold in Bled, silver in Munich and bronze in Lucerne.  This had been a promising season for the women's eight who had shown consistency throughout the World Cup series.

Alison took up rowing in 2000 at Exeter University and on moving to London in 2003 joined Thames Rowing Club and their successful Senior Programme, run by Gary Stubbs.

She became World U23 Champion in 2004 in the women's four by producing an excellent row in the final; they demolished the field, leading by clear water after 500 metres to win an impressive and emphatic gold medal.

Alison, with Beth Rodford, won the pairs' event at the GB Rowing Team Senior Trials in 2005 and raced in the pair and eight at the Eton World Cup Regatta, winning a bronze in the eight.  She then switched to the four at the Lucerne World Cup finals, taking bronze again.  She went on to be part of the women's eight which performed so well at the 2005 World Championships in Japan, finishing 5th.

In the 2006 World Cup Series, the women's eight took another bronze in Poznan and finished 4th in the World Cup in Lucerne.  At the World Championships at Eton the GB women's eight finished 8th.

Alison won the women's pair with Natasha Howard at the 2007 GB Rowing Team Senior Trials in Belgium and followed this with a bronze medal in the eight at the 2007 World Championships. 

She was selected for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in the women's eight and helped them to qualify for the final but unfortunately, due to illness, was unable to race in the final.

Alison raced in the women's eight at the 2009 World Championships in Poznan, finishing 5th.

Alison is Lottery Funded through UK Sport.

Current Address: Maidenhead
Home Town: Bournemouth
Region(s): Dorset
Personal information
Date of Birth: 27th March 1982
Education: Exeter University
Rowing information
Club: Thames Rowing Club
Boat: Women's Sweep Squad
Role: Rower

Nick Strange

Learnt to Row: Exeter University
Original Club(s): Exeter University Rowing Club
Original Coach(es):

Simon Cox, Gary Stubbs

GB Competitive Record
Olympic Games 
2008  5th*  W8+ 
World Rowing Championships
2011 Bronze W8+
2010 4th W8+
2009 5th W8+
2007 Bronze W8+
2006 8th W8+
2005 5th W8+
World Rowing U23 Championships
2004 Gold W4-
2003 6th W4-
World University Rowing Championships
2004 Bronze M4-
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials
2012 5th W2-
2011 3rd W2-
2007 1st W2-
2005 1st W2-

* did not race in the final due to illness