Victoria Thornley

 Victoria Thornley

At the World Rowing Championships in Chungju Vicky raced in the women's single scull and finished a creditable 7th.

Vicky raced in the women's single scull for 2nd and 3rd World Cups of the 2013 season, finishing 4th at Eton Dorney and 10th in Lucerne.

At the 2013 GB Rowing Team Senior & U23 Trials held on 20/21 April at Caversham, 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.

At the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Vicky raced in the women's eight, finishing 5th.

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 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, just 2 seconds behind Canada.

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 GB Rowing Team Senior Trials held on 16-17 April at Eton/Dorney, Vicky finished 6th in the women's single scull.

At the 2010 World Rowing Championships on New Zealand's Lake Karapiro, Vicky and her crewmates came 4th in the women's eight.

For the 2010 World Cup Series Vicky raced in the women's eight, winning gold in Bled, silver in Munich and bronze in Lucerne.  This was a promising season for the women's eight who had shown consistency throughout the World Cup series.

She 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. 

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.  This was a strong achievement for Vicky and the crew who led from the first stroke.  Although the US closed a little in the dying strokes of the race, the result was never in doubt and GB had its first ever gold in this class - the outcome of a long term strategy to build this project.

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 Squad
Role: Rower

Jane Hall

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

Paul Stannard, Ade Roberts, Nick Strange

GB Competitive Record
This Season's Results

Olympic Games


5th W8+
World Rowing Championships
2013 7th W1x
2011 Bronze W8+
2010 4th W8+
World Rowing U23 Championships
2009 Gold W8+
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials
2013 3rd W1x
2012 7th W1x
2011 6th W1x