Sophie Hosking MBE
At the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Sophie raced in the lightweight women's double scull with Kat Copeland. The duo won their final by over 2 seconds ahead of China, to become Olympic Champions and were awarded MBEs in the 2013 New Year Honours list.
During the 2012 World Cup Series, Sophie raced in the lightweight women's double scull with Kat Copeland. The duo won a silver medal in Belgrade, less than half a second behind Greece. They finished 5th in Lucerne and 4th in Munich.
At the 2012 GB Rowing Team Senior Trials held on 10/11 March at Eton/Dorney, Sophie came 2nd in the lightweight women's single scull.
At the 2011 World Rowing Championships in Bled, Slovenia, Sophie raced in the lightweight women's double scull with crewmate Hester Goodsell winning a bronze medal just a fraction behind the double from Canada.
In Munich at the first World Cup of 2011 Sophie and crewmate Hester Goodsell in the lightweight women's double scull won gold after a real tussle with teammates Kathryn Twyman and Andrea Dennis in the second GB boat, achieving an historic one-two in their final. The bronze medal was won by the USA. In Lucerne, Sophie and Hester Goodsell took silver, behind Canada.
At the 2011 GB Rowing Team Senior Trials held on 16-17 April at Eton/Dorney, having bided her time before making her move just past halfway, Sophie won the lightweight women's single scull.
At the 2010 World Rowing Championships on New Zealand's Lake Karapiro, Sophie and crewmate Hester Goodsell won both their heat and their semi but were 5th in the final of the lightweight women's double scull in a time of 8:13.90.
For the 2010 World Cup series Sophie raced in the lightweight women's double scull with Hester. They won silver in Bled behind the USA, took gold in Munich and then won silver again in Lucerne.
Sophie started rowing at the age of 14 at Kingston Grammar School after gaining a sport scholarship. She progressed through the school gaining her first international vest in the J16 GB - France match winning the eight. The following year Sophie raced in the four at the 2003 World Junior Championships winning a silver medal. In 2004 she raced in the same event in Banyoles and came 6th.
In 2006 Sophie won silver in the lightweight single at the World U23 Championships and bronze in the senior quad at the World Championships in Eton one month later. She won silver in the lightweight quad at the 2007 World Championships.
She had established herself as the leading lightweight woman in 2009, winning the GB Rowing Senior Trials in the single, and with Hester Goodsell winning GB's first ever lightweight women's World Cup gold in the double in Munich. In Lucerne they won gold again establishing themselves as a strong partnership for the 2009 World Championships in Poznan.
At the 2009 World Championships they took third place. A strengthened Greek boat led out and proved too strong for GB, and in the race for the line just two-hundredths of a second separated Poland and GB, with Poland taking silver and GB a creditable bronze.
Sophie joined Durham University in the autumn of 2004 and graduated in Chemistry and Physics in the summer of 2007. She is interested in most areas of sport and also enjoys listening to and playing music. Her father was a World Champion rower in the lightweight eight in 1980. Her mother also has a keen interest in sport and is an avid fan of AFC Wimbledon.
Sophie is Lottery Funded through UK Sport.