Victoria Thornley

 Victoria Thornley

Rio 2016 Olympiad: 2013 – 2016
At the 2015 GB Rowing Team Senior and U23 Trials Vicky won the women's single scull event for the second year running. Along with Katherine Grainger, she was selected to race in the women's double scull, and won bronze medals at the 2015 European Rowing Championships in Poznan, and second World Cup in Varese. The duo unfortunately missed out on a place in the A final at the third World Cup in Lucerne, but won the B final comfortably. After a good start in the final of the World Rowing Championships in Aiguebelette, Vicky and Katherine finished 6th, but earned a qualifying spot in the 2016 Olympic regatta. 

At the start of the 2014 Season Vicky, having won the GB Rowing Team Senior and U23 Trials in the single, came together with Frances Houghton to race in the women's double scull.  In their first competition together at the 2014 European Championships they raced well to make the A Final where they placed 5th. They repeated this performance at the second World Cup in Aiguebelette, again finishing 5th.  For the final World Cup in Lucerne Vicky raced in the women's single scull following the withdrawal of Frances Houghton on medical grounds.  Vicky raced well and finished a creditable 5th.  She went on to compete in the single at the World Rowing Championships in Amsterdam and finished a creditable 8th overall, 2nd in the B Final, which happened to contain the gold and silver medallists from the London Games. 

At the 2013 GB Rowing Team Senior & U23 Trials Vicky came 3rd in the women's single scull.  For the first World Cup of the 2013 season in Sydney, Australia, Vicky raced in the women' double scull with Beth Rodford and finished 4th.  She also raced in the women's eight which finished 4th.  Vicky raced in the women's single scull for the second and third World Cup regattas of the 2013 season, finishing 4th at Eton Dorney and 10th in Lucerne.  At the World Rowing Championships in Chungju Vicky raced in the women's single scull and finished a creditable 7th.

London 2012 Olympiad: 2009 – 2012
During the 2012 World Cup season, Vicky raced in the women's quadruple scull with Beth Rodford, Melanie Wilson and Frances Houghton.  The crew won a bronze medal in Belgrade and finished 5th in Lucerne.  In Munich, Vicky moved into the women's eight and the crew won a bronze medal.  At the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Vicky raced in the women's eight, finishing 5th.

During the 2011 World Cup Series Vicky raced in the women's single scull in Munich finishing 9th.  In Lucerne she moved into the women's eight finishing 4th.  At the 2011 World Rowing Championships in Bled, Slovenia, Vicky raced in the Women's Eight with crew mates Alison Knowles, Jo Cook, Jessica Eddie, Louisa Reeve, Natasha Page, Lindsey Maguire, Katie Greves, and (cox) Caroline O'Connor.  The crew won a bronze medal.

For the 2010 World Cup series Vicky raced in the women's eight, winning gold in Bled, silver in Munich and bronze in Lucerne.  At the 2010 World Rowing Championships on New Zealand's Lake Karapiro, Vicky and her crewmates came 4th in the women's eight.

Vicky gained her first GB vest in 2009 and, in an outstanding debut, won gold in the women’s eight at the 2009 World U23 Championships in Racice.

Vicky is GB's first "Sporting Giant" to win a medal.  She joined the GB Rowing Team's Start Programme in November 2007 and has made rapid progress in rowing since then.

Beyond the Boat
Vicky started a degree in Business Management but decided to leave University so that she could pursue her rowing ambitions.  She is now studying for a Diploma in Sporting Excellence and is a qualified fitness instructor and personal trainer.  She would also like to study French part time in the future. 

Vicky was previously a semi-professional show jumper and also did some modelling in her gap year in 2006.  She enjoys snowboarding, spending time with her friends, watching films and shopping.

Vicky is Lottery Funded through UK Sport.

Place of Birth: St Asaph - Wales
Current Address: Henley-on-Thames
Home Town: Wrexham
Region(s): Wales
Personal information
Date of Birth: 30th November 1987
Height: 192cm
Education: Bishop Heber High School, Abbey Gate College
Rowing information
Club: Leander
Boat: Women's Double Scull
Role: Rower

Paul Thompson

Learnt to Row: Minerva Bath
Original Club(s): Minerva Bath
Original Coach(es):

Paul Stannard, Ade Roberts, Nick Strange, Jane Hall

GB Competitive Record
This Season's Results
World Cup III - Lucerne 7th W2x
World Cup II - Varese Bronze W2x
Olympic Games
2012 5th W8+
World Rowing Championships
2015 6th W2x
2014 8th W1x
2013 7th W1x
2011 Bronze W8+
2010 4th W8+
World Rowing U23 Championships
2009 Gold W8+
European Rowing Championships
2015 Bronze W2x
2014 5th W2x
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials
2014-15 1st W1x
2013 3rd W1x
2012 7th W1x
2011 6th W1x