Frances Houghton

 Frances Houghton

Rio 2016 Olympiad: 2013- 2016
Frances remained in the women's double scull during the second World Cup of the 2014 season in Aiguebelette she and partner Vicky Thornley came fifth. At the 2014 European Rowing Championships in Belgrade Frances raced in the women's double scull and came fifth. At the 2014 GB Rowing Team Senior & U23 Trials, Frances came second in the women's single scull. 
During the 2013 Season, Frances raced in the women's double scull with Vicki Meyer-Laker.  At the World Cup Regatta in Sydney she won a bronze medal and doubled up into the eight finishing fourth.  A gold medal in the double at Eton Dorney followed, and a fifth in Lucerne.  At the World Rowing Championships in Chungju Frances, racing again with Vicki Meyer-Laker in the double, finished fourth.

London 2012 Olympiad: 2009 – 2012
During the 2012 World Cup season, Frances raced in the women's quadruple scull.  The crew won a bronze medal in Belgrade, finished fifth in Belgrade and won bronze again in Munich.  At the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Frances raced in the women's quadruple scull with Melanie Wilson, Debbie Flood and Beth Rodford, finishing sixth.

Frances raced in the single scull at the 2011 World Rowing Championships in Bled, Slovenia, finishing 10th.

In challenging conditions on New Zealand's Lake Karapiro in 2010, Frances and her crewmates Debbie Flood, Beth Rodford and Annabel Vernon in the women's quadruple scull, won a superb gold medal.  This was a particularly satisfying result for Frances who underwent hip surgery earlier in the year.

Beijing 2008 Olympiad: 2005 – 2008
Throughout the Beijing Olympiad Frances raced in the women’s quadruple scull.

In the 2008 World Cup series, Frances won gold in Munich and bronze in Lucerne.  She was selected in the women's quadruple scull for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games where she won her second Olympic silver medal.  The GB boat had led the race until the final 200 metres when they were agonizingly overhauled by China.

In 2007 Frances and her crewmates medalled at each of the World Cups and won the overall quad title for the series, and rounded off the year in style by becoming World Champion for the third time at the World Championships in Munich.

Frances and her crewmates won gold at all three World Cup Regattas in 2006, in Poznan, Munich and Lucerne.  At the 2006 World Rowing Championships at Eton Dorney, the quad fought an intense battle with Russia, and in the dying meters of the race where just beaten to the line, finishing with the silver medal.  Early in 2007, the quad were to be restored to World Champions and handed the gold medal when the Russian quad was retrospectively disqualified due to a failed drugs test in 2006.

During 2005 Frances won two World Cup golds at Eton Dorney and Munich, World Cup silver in Lucerne and capped a superb 2005 with World Rowing Championship gold in Japan in September.

Athens 2004 Olympiad: 2001 – 2004
During the Athens Olympiad Frances was unbeaten in the women’s single scull at the GB Rowing Team Senior Trials.

She won a superb Olympic silver medal in the women’s quadruple scull in Athens 2004 after a great season in which the crew won gold at the World Cup Regattas in Poznan and Lucerne – they were the first British women's quad to beat the Germans in this event.

In 2003 Frances raced in the quad, narrowly missing a medal at the World Rowing Championships, finishing in fourth, however this result secured a qualifying place for the Athens Olympics.

As part of her studies, Frances had spent 2002 living and training in Seville so the World Rowing Championships host city was well known to her that year.  Here she came fourth in the women’s double scull with Debbie Flood.

At the World Rowing Championships in 2001 in Lucerne Frances raced in the double with Debbie Flood, finishing seventh.

Sydney 2000 Olympiad: 1997 – 2000
Frances represented GB at the Olympic Games in Sydney in 2000, finishing ninth in the double scull with Sarah Winckless.

Frances travelled to Boston, USA, in February 1999 and returned as World Junior Indoor Rowing Champion.  That year she made an impressive Under 23 debut, winning gold with Debbie Flood in the women’s double scull at the World Rowing U23 Championships in Hamburg, again the first sculling medal of its kind for GB at this level.

Frances rowed in a double with Debbie Flood in 1998, winning bronze at the World Rowing Junior championships.  This was the first ever Junior women's sculling medal for GB.

Beyond the Boat
Frances started rowing at the Dragon School in Oxford, aged 11, before moving on to Kings School, Canterbury.  

Frances is now the longest serving member of the British Rowing Team, having first made the Junior team in 1995.

Since joining the team she has gained a degree in Spanish from Kings College, London, and found a great love of food and cooking.  Influenced by her time living in Seville, she spent 3 months during her year out from rowing (2008-9) training to be a professional cook at Ballymaloe Cookery School.  She then went on to work both as a private cook for a family and at the popular London restaurant, Ottolenghi.  Since returning to rowing she has designed a cookery course for athletes who ‘can’t cook, won’t cook’.

Frances is an avid radio listener, particularly Radio 5 Live, which helped her keep in touch with sport whilst recovering from her hip operation in 2009.

She loves to escape to North Cornwall whenever she can.

Frances is Lottery Funded through UK Sport.

Current Address: Henley-on-Thames
Home Town: Oxford
Region(s): Oxfordshire
Personal information
Date of Birth: 19th September 1980
Height: 193cm
Education: Dragon School – Oxford, Kings School – Canterbury, King's College – London
Rowing information
Club: University of London Tyrian Club
Boat: Women's Squad
Role: Rower

Paul Thompson

Learnt to Row: Dragon School, Oxford
Original Club(s):
GB Competitive Record
This Season's Results

World Cup II

5th W2x

European Rowing Championships

5th W2x
Olympic Games
2012 6th W4x
2008  Silver  W4x 
2004 Silver W4x 
2000 9th W2x
World Rowing Championships
2013 4th W2x
2011 10th W1x
2010 Gold W4x
2007 Gold W4x
2006 Gold W4x
2005 Gold W4x
2003 4th W4x 
2002 4th W2x
2001 7th W2x
2001 6th W8+
World Rowing U23 Championships
1999 Gold W2x
World Rowing Junior Championships
1998 Bronze W2x
1997 4th W2-
1996 4th W4x
GB Rowing Senior Trials
2013-14 2nd W1x
2012 4th W1x
2000 - 2003 1st W1x