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Rower // Lightweight Women's Squad Date of Birth: 13th Jul 1991 (28 years old)
Club: Wallingford RC Height: 171.00 Hometown: Poole
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Lightweight rower Brianna Stubbs has already made one piece of rowing history and is ambitious to make more headlines with the GB Rowing Team in the coming years.
Brianna Stubbs is the youngest person ever to row across the English Channel. Brianna has represented GB at every age level and won gold at the World U23 Championships in 2013.
She emulated that achievement on the senior stage at the 2016 World Championships and will be looking to build on that success during the Tokyo 2020 Olympiad.
Brianna has represented GB at every age level and was crowned as World Champion in the lightweight women's quad in 2016
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World Champion Lightweight Women's Quadruple Scull
World Silver Medallist Lightweight Women's Quadruple Scull
World U23 Champion Lightweight Women's Double Scull
World Junior Silver Medallist Women's Four
After finishing fifth at the 2016 GB Rowing Team Trials, Brianna was selected alongside Ellie Piggott in the lightweight women’s double scull for the World Cup in Lucerne, placing ninth overall. Brianna and Ellie then raced in the lightweight women’s quadruple alongside Emily Craig and Imogen Walsh at the 2016 World Championships in Rotterdam. After winning their race for lanes, the GB quartet showed their quality once again in the final to win gold in impressive style.
Brianna had also finished 2015 on a high by winning lightweight women’s quadruple scull silver at the World Championships in Aiguebelette with Ellie, Emily and Ruth Walczak. The same quartet had won gold at the Holland Beker regatta earlier in the season.
Brianna started the Olympiad in fine style as she and Ellie won a superb gold medal in the lightweight double at the 2013 World U23 Championships in Linz. They had earlier made their senior debuts together at the World Cup in Eton Dorney, finishing fourth.
The 2014 season saw Brianna and Ellie join Charlotte Taylor and Ruth Walczak in the lightweight quad, finishing eighth in the open-weight category at the World Cup in Lucerne and sixth at the World Championships in Amsterdam.
Brianna gained her first GB vest shortly before her 16th birthday after being awarded a scholarship to Canford School, which allowed her to fit her training in around her studies more effectively. This culminated in winning a silver medal at the 2009 World Junior Championships in the women’s four during her final year at school.
Brianna – who is reading Medicine at Oxford University and stroked the winning Women’s Blue Boat for two successive years – was part of the women’s eight that finished fifth at the 2011 World U23 Championships in Amsterdam. She also moved to Wallingford RC that year, improved her sculling and made the change to the lightweight class.
Club: Wallingford RC
Boat: Lightweight Women’s Squad
Coaches: Paul Reedy, Peter Sheppard
Learnt to Row: Canford School BC
Original Club(s): Canford School, Oxford University Women’s Boat Club, Wallingford Rowing Club
Original Coach(es): Kevin Ayles, Ian Dryden, Andy Green, Mike Genchi, Ben Reed, Peter Sheppard
Rowing is in Brianna’s blood – her father took part in the first Atlantic Rowing Race in 1997 and in 2004 she became the youngest person to row across the English channel, aged just 12.
She is currently halfway through studying for a DPhil in Biochemical Physiology at Oxford University and plans to pursue a career as a doctor in the future.
Away from training and her studies, Brianna enjoys reading, cooking and listening to alt-J, Coldplay, Bon Iver, The Staves and Kishi Bashi. She also has a soft spot for animated films, with Disney Pixar’s Up! guaranteed to reduce her to tears every time.
Her sporting hero is Paralympic legend Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson and the three things she would take to a desert island would be her nutribullet blender, her boyfriend and a smartphone – “to call for rescue and browse the web!”
Brianna is Lottery Funded through UK Sport.
Rio 2016 Olympic champion Scott Durant and silver-medalist Karen Bennett will be among the thousands of competitors at the 2016 British Rowing Senior Championships, taking place in Nottingham this Saturday and Sunday.
The GB Rowing Team claimed a golden hat-trick on Saturday to finish top of the medal table at the Senior World Rowing Championships in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
Big gusts of wind were unable to prevent GB Rowing Team’s defending champions making smooth progress on Monday afternoon as the Senior World Championships got under way in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
British Rowing has announced two more senior crews for the 2016 World Rowing Championships, completing selection for this month’s regatta in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.