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The GB Rowing Team is the high performance arm of British Rowing. Rowing is the nation’s most continuously successful Olympic sport, having won a gold medal in every Olympic Games since 1984, and has won six Paralympic golds since the sport was introduced to the Paralympic Games programme in 2008.
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Rower // Women's Squad Date of Birth: 19th Jul 1997 (23 years old)
Club: Nottingham RC
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Anna Thornton has won five World Championship medals for GB at Junior and U23 levels, including back-to-back golds in 2017 and 2018.
Thornton took bronze in the quadruple sculls at her first World Rowing Junior Championships in a GB vest in Hamburg in 2014. Later that year she represented GB at the Youth Olympic Games Regatta in Nanjing, China, where she finished eighth in the single sculls.
In 2015, Thornton took silver in the quad at the World Junior Championships in Rio de Janeiro, before moving up to the U23 ranks for the 2016 World Championships in Rotterdam, where she won silver in the women’s eight.
2017 saw Thornton named in the quad for the World U23 Championships, where, despite a late substitution, the crew stormed to gold in Plovdiv. She repeated the feat in the double scull with Charlotte Hodgkins Byrne in 2018 in Poznan.
Thornton is studying in the USA at the University of Washington.