Helen Glover MBE
Rio 2016 Olympiad: 2013 - 2016
At the 2015 GB Rowing Team Senior and U23 Trials Helen, partnered by Heather Stanning, won the women's pair for the fourth time in five years. This pair was selected to race at the 2015 European Rowing Championships in Poznan, setting a new championship record as they successfully defended the title won by Helen and Polly Swann 12 months earlier. Helen and Heather took a convincing gold again at the World Cup in Varese, ahead of the USA and New Zealand. In the final of the women's pairs event at the third World Cup in Lucerne, they took an early lead and executed a well-controlled race to finish in first place, two and a half seconds clear of New Zealand in second. They went on to retain their world title, winning their event at the World Championships in Aiguebelette by two lengths.
In 2014 at the European Rowing Championships in Belgrade Helen raced in the women's pair with her partner from the 2013 season Polly Swann, Heather Stanning having been ruled out at the last minute. The duo won gold, resulting in Helen becoming the first woman to hold the Olympic, World and European title at the same time in this event. Helen raced with Heather Stanning at the second World Cup in Aiguebelette, their first international competition together since their Olympic gold in London 2012. They marked their return by storming to victory, winning gold comfortably. They 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 Helen and Heather Stanning 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.
For the 2013 Season Helen raced in the women’s pair with Polly Swann. They were unbeaten throughout the World Rowing Cup series, winning strong gold medals at all three regattas. They doubled up into the women’s eight at the first World Cup in Sydney where they finished fourth. At the 2013 World Rowing Championships in Chungju, Helen won a convincing gold medal and Polly secured her first World Championship title.
London 2012 Olympiad: 2009 – 2012
During the 2012 World Cup Series, Helen raced in the women's pair with Heather Stanning. The duo won a gold medal at all three of the World Cups. At the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Helen, with Heather Stanning, 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, Helen and Heather Stanning 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, the duo 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 ruled out of the third through illness, Helen, along with Heather Stanning, 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. Earlier in the season Helen had come third in the Women’s Head of the River Race, racing in a Reading University women's eight.
In 2009, just a year after first setting foot in a rowing boat, Helen won gold in the women’s single scull at Henley Women's Regatta.
Helen started rowing in 2008 through the Sporting Giants scheme and was placed on to the GB Rowing Team's Start programme in Bath. Prior to this she had absolutely no experience with rowing.
Beyond the Boat
Helen has always participated in a variety of sports. As a junior she ran cross-country internationally and was part of the England Satellite Squad for Hockey. Helen studied for a degree in Sport and Exercise Science at Cardiff University, following this by a PGCE in Physical Education. During her first year of rowing Helen also worked as a PE teacher in Bath.
When she goes home to Cornwall, Helen enjoys surfing, swimming, playing tennis and spending time with her family.
Helen is Lottery funded through UK Sport.