Victoria Meyer-Laker

 Victoria Meyer-Laker

Rio 2016 Olympiad: 2013- 2016
In her first international race of the 2015 season, Vicki finished third in the women's eight at the second World Cup in Varese. She raced in the same boat at the final World Cup of 2015 in Lucerne, and won a bronze medal, finishing close behind New Zealand in second. 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.

Vicki raced in the women's quadruple scull throughout the 2014 season.  The women's quad of Vicki, Tina Stiller, Lucinda Gooderham and Beth Rodford first came together for the 2014 European Championships in Belgrade where they finished 5th.  At the second World Cup in Aiguebelette they reached the A Final and were once again placed 5th.  The final World Cup in Lucerne saw an injured Lucinda Gooderham replaced by Olivia Carnegie-Brown.  The crew narrowly missed the A Final but raced well to win the B Final, finishing 7th. At the World Rowing Championships in Amsterdam the crew, with Lucinda Gooderham back in the boat, finished 9th overall. 

At the 2013 GB Rowing Team Senior & U23 Trials, Vicki came sixth in the women's single scull.  During the 2013 Season, Vicki raced in the women's double scull with Frances Houghton.  At the World Cup Regatta in Sydney she won a bronze medal and doubled up into the eight finishing fourth.  A gold medal in the double at Eton Dorney followed, and a fifth in Lucerne.  At the World Rowing Championships in Chungju Vicki, racing again with Frances Houghton in the double, finished fourth.

London 2012 Olympiad: 2009 – 2012
For the first World Cup of the 2012 season in Belgrade, Vicki won a bronze medal in the women's eight with Jo Cook, Olivia Whitlam, Emily Taylor, Jessica Eddie, Lindsey Maguire, Katie Greves, Olivia Carnegie-Brown and (cox) Caroline O'Connor.  Vicki raced in the eight again at the 2012 European Rowing Championships in Varese, Italy. The crew had a good battle with the Italians and finished with a strong bronze medal.

At the 2011 European Rowing Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, Vicki and her crewmates finished fourth in the eight.

In 2010, Vicki was selected for the women’s quadruple scull at the World Rowing U23 Championships in Brest, Belarus, and finished seventh.

Vicki’s first international Regatta was at the 2009 European Rowing Championships in Brest where she came seventh in the women’s eight.

Beyond the Boat
Vicki was a keen sailor and swimmer while growing up in Scotland but used to watch friends rowing and was then encouraged to sign up during a fresher's fair when she started her studies at Nottingham University.

When she gets the chance, Vicki loves going back to Scotland, mucking in with farm work, riding horses, catching up with friends and going hill-walking.

Before taking up rowing, she worked in Austria as a ski instructor. Her mother is German and Vicki's post-rowing ambition is to study physics in Germany, allowing her to embed the language and become fluent.

Green Wing is her perfect TV viewing, "the best show ever made", but reading is her preferred way of switching off. The Hunger Games and The Book Thief are her favourites, although she has also recently read Paradox by Jim Al-Khalili,"something more intellectual".

Vicki, who has a host of old classics from her mum's era on her ergo playlist, enjoys slacklining - going to a park, stringing a band between two trees and having a play on it. "It's really sociable and good for balance too."

Vicki is Lottery funded through UK Sport.

Place of Birth: Barnstaple
Current Address: Henley-on-Thames
Home Town: Premnay
Region(s): Aberdeenshire
Personal information
Date of Birth: 18th March 1988
Height: 191cm
Education: Robert Gordon's College, Aberdeen; King's School Canterbury; University of Nottingham
Rowing information
Club: Leander Club
Boat: Women's Eight
Role: Rower

Paul Thompson

Learnt to Row: Nottingham University BC
Original Club(s): Nottingham RC
Original Coach(es):

Chris Thomas, Dez Atkins

GB Competitive Record
This Season's Results
World Cup III - Lucerne Bronze W8+
World Cup II - Varese Bronze W8+
World Rowing Championships
2015 4th W8+
2014 9th W4x
2013 4th W2x
World Rowing U23 Championships
2010 8th W4x
European Rowing Championships
2014 5th W4x
2012 Bronze W8+
2011 4th W8+
2009 7th W8+
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials
2014 4th W1x
2013 6th W1x
2012 9th W1x