Rio 2016 Olympiad: 2013 - 2016
In the women's pair event at the 2015 GB Rowing Team Senior and U23 trials, Louisa and Jessica Eddie finished 2nd. They were later 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.
Louisa 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 Louisa 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.
At the 2013 GB Rowing Team Senior & U23 Trials Louisa came 4th in the women's single scull. During the 2013 World Cup Series, Louisa raced in the women's pair at Eton Dorney and the women's eight in Lucerne. She finished 4th on both occasions. At the World Rowing Championships in Chungju Louisa raced in the women's eight finishing 4th overall.
London 2012 Olympiad: 2009 – 2012
During the 2012 Louisa raced in the women's eight. In the World Cup series 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 Louisa raced in the women's eight. They took silver at Munich World Cup and placed 4th in Lucerne. At the 2011 World Rowing Championships on Slovenia’s Lake Bled, Louisa, with crewmates Alison Knowles, Jo Cook, Jess Eddie, Natasha Page, Lindsey Maguire, Katie Greves, Victoria Thornley and (cox) Caroline O'Connor won bronze medal.
Louisa, with Olivia Whitlam, won the 2010 women's pair event at the GB Rowing Team Senior Trials. This was a repeat of their trials success in 2009. For the 2010 World Cup series Louisa raced in the women's pair in Bled with Olivia Whitlam, taking 5th place, and in Munich with Jessica Eddie, coming 9th. She also raced in the women's eight at all three events, winning gold in Bled, silver in Munich and bronze in Lucerne.
Having won the women's pair event at the 2009 GB Rowing Team Senior Trials, Louisa and Olivia continued to race in the women's pair for the rest of the 2009 season, taking gold at the first World Cup in Banyoles and bronze in Lucerne. They also doubled up into the eight for the first 2 World Cups. At the 2009 World Rowing Championships in Poznan they came 6th.
Beijing 2008 Olympiad: 2005 – 2008
Louisa competed in the women's pair at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games with Olivia Whitlam and finished 6th, an exceptional performance after qualifying the boat at the final Olympic Qualification Regatta just seven weeks before. She also took part in the final of the women's eight in Beijing, replacing an ill team mate, and finished 5th.
Louisa won a bronze medal in the eight at the 2007 World Rowing Championships. She had stroked the GB Women's eight to a silver medal at the World Cup regatta in Linz that June and continued in the eight for the rest of the World Cup series, always reaching the A Final.
She has represented GB at the World U23 Championships twice winning silver in the quad in 2007 and coming 5th in the four in 2006. Louisa also won a gold medal in the women’s double scull at the World University Rowing Championships in 2006.
Louisa learnt to row at Downe House School but only took it seriously at Durham University where she was coached by Emma and Wade Hall Craggs.
Beyond the Boat
Louisa is Lottery funded through UK Sport.