Holly Nixon

Rower // Women's Squad
Date of Birth: 7th Dec 1993 (23 years old)
Club: Leander Club
Height: 180cm
Hometown: Enniskillen

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Holly Nixon demonstrated her talent for both sculling and sweep during a breakthrough 2016 season with the GB Rowing Team senior squad.

Holly Nixon finished as a runner-up in the women’s single sculls at the GB Rowing Team Trials. Nixon then raced in the women’s quad that attempted to qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games before winning gold with the women’s four at the World Rowing Championships.

She had previously twice represented Britain at the World Rowing U23 Championships, winning bronze with the women’s eight in 2015.

At the opening World Cup of the 2017 season, Nixon won bronze in a women’s quad crew which also included Beth Bryan, Mathilda Hodgkins-Byrne and Jessica Leyden.

Holly capped her first season in the senior squad by winning gold at the 2016 World Championships

On The Water

2016

World Champion Women's Four

2015

World U23 Bronze Medallist Women's Eight

2014

World U23 Finalist Women's Eight

Rio 2016 Olympiad: 2013 – 2016

Nixon was selected for her GB Rowing Team senior debut in 2016 after finishing runner-up to Vicky Thornley in the women’s single sculls at the Olympic trials. She started the season in the women’s quad scull along with Jess Leyden, Tina Stiller and Rosamund Bradbury, finishing fourth at the World Cup in Varese and fifth at the European Championships in Brandenburg before heading to the final Olympic Qualification Regatta in Lucerne. The top two went to Rio but, despite a valiant effort, the GB crew had to settle for fourth overall.

She then made the switch to sweep for the second half of the season and raced alongside Fiona Gammond, Donna Etiebet and Holly Norton in the women’s four at the World Rowing Championships in Rotterdam. After winning their heat in tricky conditions, the four surged clear in the final to secure gold in emphatic fashion.

In 2015, Nixon reached the B final of the women’s single sculls at the 2015 GB Rowing Team Senior and U23 Trials and was selected in the women’s eight for the 2015 World Rowing U23 Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria where she won a bronze medal.

She made her GB Rowing Team debut at the 2014 World Rowing U23 Championships in Varese, Italy, as part of the women’s quadruple scull crew which finished fifth, just a second outside the medals.

GB Competitive Record

World Rowing Championships
2017 W4x
2016 W4-
World Rowing Championships:
2017
W4x
World Rowing Championships:
2016
W4-
European Rowing Championships
2017 W4x
2016 5th W4x
European Rowing Championships:
2017
W4x
European Rowing Championships:
2016
5th
W4x
World Rowing U23 Championships
2015 W8+
2014 5th W8+
World Rowing U23 Championships:
2015
W8+
World Rowing U23 Championships:
2014
5th
W8+
World Rowing Cup Regattas
2017 Lucerne 5th W4x
2017 Belgrade W4x
2016 Varese 4th W4x
World Rowing Cup Regattas:
2017 Lucerne
5th
W4x
World Rowing Cup Regattas:
2017 Belgrade
W4x
World Rowing Cup Regattas:
2016 Varese
4th
W4x
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials
2016 2nd W1x
2015 11th W1x
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2016
2nd
W1x
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2015
11th
W1x

More info...

Club: Leander Club
Boat: Women’s Squad
Role: Rower
Coach: Jane Hall
Learnt to Row: Portota BC
Original Club(s): Portota BC
Original Coach(es): Derek Holland, Keith Nixon

Beyond the Boat

Nixon is from Enniskillen in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. Fermanagh was named as the happiest place to live in the UK in 2013 by the Office of National Statistics – “maybe that’s why I love home a lot,” she says.

She started rowing at Portora Boat Club in 2007 after being introduced to the sport by her father.