Beth Rodford

 Beth Rodford

At the World Rowing Championships in Chungju Beth raced in the women's eight finishing 4th overall.

During the 2013 World Cup Series, Beth raced in the women's double scull and eight in Sydney finishing 4th in both. At Eton Dorney, she finished 4th in the women's quadruple scull and in Lucerne, she raced in the women's eight finishing 4th.

At the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Beth raced in the women's quadruple scull with Melanie Wilson, Debbie Flood and Frances Houghton, finishing 6th.

During the 2012 World Cup season, Beth raced in the women's quadruple scull. The crew won a bronze medal in Belgrade, finished 5th in Lucerne and won another bronze medal in Munich.

At the 2012 GB Rowing Team Senior Trials held on 10/11 March at Eton/Dorney, Beth came 3rd in the women's single scull.

At 2011 World Rowing Championships in Bled, Slovenia, Beth raced in the women's quadruple scull with crewmates Debbie Flood, Annabel Vernon and Melanie Wilson, finishing 7th.

At the 2011 GB Rowing Team Senior Trials held on 16-17 April at Eton/Dorney, Beth finished third in the women's single scull.

In challenging conditions on New Zealand's Lake Karapiro, Beth and her crewmates Debbie Flood, Frances Houghton and Annabel Vernon in the women's quadruple scull, made up a first-half deficit in their 2010 World Rowing Championships' final to overhaul reigning champions, the Ukraine, and win Beth's first world championships medal - a superb gold in 7:12.78.

For the 2010 World Cup Series Beth raced in the women's quadruple scull, winning gold in Bled, silver in Munich and gold in Lucerne.

Beth started rowing in 1995 at Gloucester Rowing Club and represented GB as a Junior in 1999 and 2000, winning bronze in the four at the World Junior Championships in 1999.

In 2001/2002 she spent a year rowing at Washington State University in the USA before returning to London to take up her Sport Science studies at Brunel University.

Beth became World U23 Champion in 2004 in the women's four coached by Gary Stubbs.  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.

She 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 before switching to the four at the World Cup finals in Lucerne in July where she also took bronze.  Beth went on to be part of the women's eight that performed so well at the 2005 World Championships in Japan, finishing 5th.

She followed this up at the 2006 World Cup final in Lucerne finishing 4th with the women's eight and racing with the eight at the 2006 World Championships at Eton where the crew finished 8th.

Beth raced in the eight in the 2007 World Cup series, always reaching the A Final and winning silver followed by a 5th and 4th place.  In the 2008 World Cup series she raced in the eight finishing 5th and 6th before winning a bronze in Poznan.

She raced at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in the women's eight and finished 5th.  

In 2009 Beth showed her sculling prowess through Trials, making the A Final at the GB Rowing Team Senior Trials in April.  She was selected in the women's quad for the 2009 season and raced in all three World Cups, winning gold in Banyoles, silver in Munich and coming 5th in Lucerne.  These were creditable results for a new crew.  She also doubled up into the women's double scull in Banyoles, placing 5th.  At the 2009 World Rowing Championships in Poznan, the quad were 5th.

As well as her successes on the water, Beth holds the British Indoor Rowing record over 2000m at J13, 14, 15 and 16.

Beth is Lottery Funded through UK Sport.

Location
Place of Birth: Burton-upon-Trent
Current Address: Caversham
Home Town: Gloucester
Region(s): Gloucestershire
Personal information
Date of Birth: 28th December 1982
Height: 177cm
Education: Brunel University
Rowing information
Club: Gloucester Rowing Club
Boat: Women's Squad
Role: Rower
Learnt to Row: Gloucester Rowing Club
Original Club(s): Gloucester Rowing Club
Original Coach(es):

Mark and Cath Pollard

GB Competitive Record
This Season's Results

Olympic Games 
2012 6th W4x
2008  5th  W8+ 
World Rowing Championships
2013 4th W8+
2011 7th W4x
2010 Gold W4x
2009 5th W4x
2007 12th W2-
2006 8th W8+
2005 5th W8+
World Rowing U23 Championships
2004 Gold W4-
2003 6th W4-
World Rowing Junior Championships
2000 4th W4-
2000 6th W8+
1999 Bronze W4-
World University Rowing Championships
2004 Bronze W4-
GB Rowing Senior Trials
2012 3rd W1x
2011 3rd W1x