Rio 2016 Olympiad: 2013 - 2016
At the 2015 GB Rowing Team Senior and U23 Trials Jess raced in a pair with Louisa Reeve finishing 2nd. The duo were selected to race in the women's eight which finished 5th at the 2015 European Rowing Championships in Poznan, and won bronze medals at the second and third World Cup events in Varese and Lucerne. The eight narrowly missed out on a medal position at the World Rowing Championships in Aiguebelette, but earned a qualifying spot at the 2016 Olympic regatta.
Jess raced in the women's eight throughout the 2014 Season. Her season got off to a great start at the European Championships in Belgrade where she won a fine silver medal. At the second World Cup in Aiguebelette Jess and the crew raced hard to secure the bronze and went on to repeat this performance at the final World Cup in Lucerne, winning another fine bronze. At the World Rowing Championships in Amsterdam the crew gained a hard-earned Final place but could not find the form in the Final that had won them a medal in each of the summer events and finished 6th.
During the 2013 World Cup series Jess raced in the women's coxless pair and eight in Sydney finishing 5th and 4th respectively. At Eton Dorney she finished 5th in the women's pair and in Lucerne she raced in the women's eight finishing 4th. At the World Rowing Championships in Chungju Jess raced in the women's eight finishing 4th overall.
London 2012 Olympiad: 2009 – 2012
Jess raced in the women’s eight throughout all four years of the London Olympiad.
During the 2012 World Cup season the crew won a bronze medal in Belgrade, finished 5th in Lucerne and won bronze again in Munich. At the 2012 Olympic Games in London they made the Olympic final, finishing 5th.
In 2011 the eight took silver at Munich World Cup and placed 4th in Lucerne. At the 2011 World Rowing Championships on Slovenia’s Lake Bled, Jess, with crewmates Alison Knowles, Jo Cook, Louisa Reeve, Natasha Page, Lindsey Maguire, Katie Greves, Victoria Thornley and (cox) Caroline O'Connor won bronze medal.
For the 2010 World Cup series the eight won a gold medal in Bled, silver in Munich and bronze in Lucerne. Jess also raced in the women's pair, with Alison Knowles in Bled, coming 6th and in Munich with Louisa Reeve taking 9th place. At the 2010 World Rowing Championships on New Zealand's Lake Karapiro, Jess and her crewmates came 4th in the women's eight.
Jess came 5th in the eight at the 2009 World Championships in Poznan, following her gold medal at the Banyoles World Cup and 5th place in Munich.
Beijing 2008 Olympiad: 2005 – 2008
Beth raced in the eight in three of the four years of the Beijing Olympiad; 2005, 2007 and 2008.
Throughout the 2008 season the eight finished 5th and 6th at the first and second World Cups and won bronze at the third in Poznan before making the Olympic Final at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games where they finished 5th.
In 2007 the eight won silver, followed by a 5th and a 4th place at the three World Cup regattas. They then won the bronze medal at the 2007 World Championships in Munich.
In 2006 Jess raced in the pair and at the World Championships in Eton and she finished 11th overall.
Jess raced in the senior eight at the 2005 Eton World Cup taking bronze, in the pair with Anna Bebington at the Lucerne World Cup and then won bronze in the pair at the World U23 Championships in Amsterdam in July. In the same year Jess was part of the women's eight which performed so well at the 2005 World Championships in Japan, finishing 5th.
Beyond the Boat
Jess learnt to row in Durham at the age of 8 and combined rowing with rugby and netball while at St Leonards RC Comprehensive.
She has represented GB at junior, U23 and senior level, having first gained a GB vest in the women's quad at the World Junior Championships in 2001 and 8th in 2002.
Jess, whose twin sister Alexandra also rowed, completed a degree in Biology at Royal Holloway College in 2006.
Jess is Lottery funded through UK Sport.