Heather Stanning MBE
Rio 2016 Olympiad: 2013 – 2016
The second World Cup of the 2014 Season in Aiguebelette saw Heather return to international competition for the first time since winning Olympic gold in London 2012. Heather, with Helen Glover, marked her return by storming to victory, winning an emphatic gold. The pair went on to secure another gold at the final World Cup in Lucerne, stamping their authority on this event ahead of the World Championships. As defending Olympic Champions Heather and Helen Glover had high expectations on them at the World Rowing Championships in Amsterdam and met these with aplomb. They dominated their fields in every race and in the Final set a World's Best Time to win gold by clear water over USA and New Zealand.
In 2013 Heather took time out of rowing to fulfill her military commitments and joined her Royal Artillery Regiment at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan where she combined her military duties with a land-based training programme to maintain her rowing fitness.
London 2012 Olympiad: 2009 – 2012
During the 2012 World Cup Series, Heather raced in the women's pair with Helen Glover. The duo won a gold medal at all three of the World Cup regattas. At the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Heather, with Helen, went on to become Olympic Champion in the pair and was awarded the MBE in the 2013 New Year Honours list. It was Team GB’s first gold medal of the Games, and a first for a GB women’s boat at an Olympic Games.
At the 2011 GB Rowing Team Senior Trials, Heather and Helen Glover dominated the women's pair's final and raced this boat throughout the 2011 Season. During the 2011 World Cup series, the duo won impressive gold medals at both Munich and Lucerne, winning the overall World Rowing Cup Series. At the 2011 World Rowing Championships in Bled, they took silver behind New Zealand in a closely fought battle where they managed to close the gap from the previous season to less than one tenth of a second.
In 2010, after strengthening performances at the first two World Cup regattas before being unable to race at the third due to her crewmate’s illness, Heather and Helen gave a breakthrough performance in the women’s pair at the 2010 World Rowing Championships on Lake Karapiro, New Zealand. The duo showed no fear in their first senior Worlds, winning a fine silver medal.
In 2009 Heather was 7th in the eight at the European Championships.
Beijing 2008 Olympiad: 2005 – 2008
In 2008 Heather won the Rememnham Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta.
Heather won gold with Olivia Whitlam in the women's pair at the 2007 World Under 23 Championships, having joined the GB Rowing Team's Start Programme the previous year. That year she also won silver at the National Championships and the Home Countries Regatta in the women's pair, and took gold at the Indoor Championships.
Beyond the Boat
Heather was commissioned from RMA Sandhurst in August 2008 into the Royal Artillery.
Heather enjoys most physical outdoor activities and before starting to row was a keen sailor and snowboarder, although both these hobbies are now temporarily on hold.
She graduated from Bath University with a BSc (Hons) in Sports Technology.
Heather is Lottery Funded through UK Sport.