Jessica Eddie

Rower // Women's Squad
Date of Birth: 7th Oct 1984 (32 years old)
Club: London Rowing Club
Height: 178.00
Hometown: Durham

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After top-five finishes at her two previous Olympic Games, Jess Eddie finally got on the podium at Rio 2016 as she helped the women's eight to a historic silver.

Jessica Eddie has spent the majority of her senior career in the eight and is among the most experienced members of the GB Rowing Team women’s squad.

Jess first represented her country in 2001 and is a double World medallist at both U23 and senior level, as well as a reigning European Champion.

Jess was part of the first-ever GB women's eight to win both an Olympic medal and European title in 2016

On The Water

2016

Olympic Silver Medalist Women's Eight

European Champion Women's Eight

2014

European Silver Medallist Women's Eight

2012

Olympic Finalist Women's Eight

2011

World Bronze Medallist Women's Eight

2008

Olympic Finalist Women's Eight

2007

World Bronze Medallist Women's Eight

2003 & 2005

World U23 Bronze Medallist Women's Pair

Rio 2016 Olympiad: 2013 – 2016

After finishing runner-up in the women’s pair with Polly Swann at the GB Rowing Team Trials, Jess was once again selected in the women’s eight for 2016. She helped to secure an eye-catching gold at the European Championships in Brandenburg, with GB surging through to take the victory in a perfectly-judged race. Another thrilling late push at the Lucerne World Cup saw the GB eight go mighty close to overhauling the Olympic and World Champions from the United States and they won silver again at the World Cup in Poznan, this time behind New Zealand.

No British women’s eight had won an Olympic medal before but Jess and her crew-mates ended that wait at Rio 2016 as they took silver in a photo-finish after an epic race that featured another trademark surge through the field in the second half.

Jess has been in the women’s eight for all but one race of the Rio Olympiad and helped qualify the boat for the 2016 Games with a fourth-placed finish at the 2015 World Championships in Aigubelette.

The 2015 season started with a fifth-placed finish at the European Championships in Poznan, with the GB crew looking well on course for a medal until an unfortunate boat-stopping crab in the closing stages.

They hit back with impressive bronze medals at the Varese and Lucerne World Cups, twice going under six minutes at the first of those, before finishing less than a second shy of the podium in Aiguebelette.

Jess doubled up in the first World Cup of the Olympiad in Munich, finishing fourth in the eight and fifth in the pair with Katie Greves. She partnered Louisa Reeve to a similar finish at the Eton Dorney World Cup before returning to the eight for the rest of the 2013 season, placing fourth at both the World Cup in Lucerne and World Championships in Chungju.

She also raced in the eight throughout 2014, winning silver at the European Championships in Belgrade and bronze medals at the World Cups in Aiguebelette and Lucerne before finishing sixth at the World Championships in Amsterdam.

Jess Eddie

London 2012 Olympiad: 2009 – 2012

Jess’s top-five finishes with the women’s eight at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games are among the highlights of a GB Rowing Team career that started in 2001.

She finished fifth at the 2009 World Championships in Poznan at the end of a season which started with gold for Jess and the eight at the Banyoles World Cup.

Jess won a medal of each colour with the eight during the 2010 World Cup season – gold in Bled, silver in Munich and bronze in Lucerne – before finishing just off the podium at the World Championships in New Zealand.

The 2011 season saw Jess take silver with the eight at the Munich World Cup before securing her second World Championships medal with bronze in Bled in 2011.

Two more bronze medals followed at the Belgrade and Munich World Cups in 2012 before Jess and the eight recorded another fifth-placed finish at the London Olympics.

GB Competitive Record

Olympic Games
Rio de Janeiro 2016 W8+
London 2012 5th W8+
Beijing 2008 5th W8+
Olympic Games:
Rio de Janeiro 2016
W8+
Olympic Games:
London 2012
5th
W8+
Olympic Games:
Beijing 2008
5th
W8+
World Rowing Championships
2015 4th W8+
2014 6th W8+
2013 4th W8+
2011 W8+
2010 4th W8+
2009 5th W8+
2007 W8+
2006 11th W2-
2005 5th W8+
2004 6th W4-
World Rowing Championships:
2015
4th
W8+
World Rowing Championships:
2014
6th
W8+
World Rowing Championships:
2013
4th
W8+
World Rowing Championships:
2011
W8+
World Rowing Championships:
2010
4th
W8+
World Rowing Championships:
2009
5th
W8+
World Rowing Championships:
2007
W8+
World Rowing Championships:
2006
11th
W2-
World Rowing Championships:
2005
5th
W8+
World Rowing Championships:
2004
6th
W4-
European Rowing Championships
2016 W8+
2015 5th W8+
2014 W8+
European Rowing Championships:
2016
W8+
European Rowing Championships:
2015
5th
W8+
European Rowing Championships:
2014
W8+
World Rowing Cup Regattas
2016 Poznan W8+
2016 Lucerne W8+
2015 Lucerne W8+
2015 Varese W8+
World Rowing Cup Regattas:
2016 Poznan
W8+
World Rowing Cup Regattas:
2016 Lucerne
W8+
World Rowing Cup Regattas:
2015 Lucerne
W8+
World Rowing Cup Regattas:
2015 Varese
W8+
World Rowing U23 Championships
2005 W2-
2003 W2-
World Rowing U23 Championships:
2005
W2-
World Rowing U23 Championships:
2003
W2-
World Rowing Junior Championships
2002 8th W4x
2001 6th W4x
World Rowing Junior Championships:
2002
8th
W4x
World Rowing Junior Championships:
2001
6th
W4x
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials
2015, 2016 2nd W2-
2014 2nd W2-
2012 2nd W2-
2011 2nd W2-
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2015, 2016
2nd
W2-
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2014
2nd
W2-
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2012
2nd
W2-
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2011
2nd
W2-

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Jess was sixth in the women’s quad on her GB debut at the 2001 World Junior Championships in Duisburg and raced in the same boat at the following year’s event in Trakai, finishing eighth.

After winning women’s pair bronze with Katie Greves at the 2003 World U23 Championships in Belgrade, Jess made a fine senior debut in 2004 by winning bronze at the World Cup in Lucerne. She also raced in that boat at the World Championships, placing sixth.

She started 2005 with a bronze medal in the women’s eight at the Eton Dorney World Cup and finished it with a fifth-placed finish at the World Championships in Japan. In between, she won a women’s pair bronze medal with Anna Watkins [nee Bebington] at the World U23 Championships in Amsterdam.

Jess was 11th in the pair when Eton Dorney staged the 2006 World Championships before moving to the eight for the rest of the Beijing Olympiad, winning a silver medal at the 2007 World Cup in Linz and an impressive bronze at the World Championships in Munich.

The eight went into the 2008 Beijing Games on the back of a bronze medal at the Poznan World Cup and finished fifth in China.

Club: London Rowing Club
Boat: Women’s Squad
Role: Rower
Coaches: James Harris
Learnt to Row: Durham Amateur Rowing Club
Original Club(s): Durham Amateur Rowing Club, University of London Boat Club
Original Coach(es): Gordon Beattie

Beyond the Boat

Jess, who took up rowing aged eight, also played netball and rugby as a youngster. She was under­-10s County Champion at mini rugby with Durham RFC – “I tell this fact to most people I meet.” She has a twin sister, Alexandra, who also rowed.

She completed a degree in Biology at Royal Holloway College in 2006 and is currently studying Art. She spends her spare time reading up on art history or visiting galleries and her ideal non-­rowing career would be an expert on Antiques Roadshow. LS Lowry would be one of her dream dinner party guests, along with Joanna Lumley and Beyonce.

A big music lover, Jess says she is currently “obsessed” with Nadine Shah, a singer-songwriter from Sunderland. When it comes to training, her ergo soundtrack is a mix of upbeat pop – “Beyonce, obviously” ­ and rockier tracks from Arcade Fire and alt­-J.

Jess is also a big fan of sushi and coffee, and enjoys discovering London’s independent coffee shops. Her espresso machine would be one of the items she would take to a desert island, along with her Gameboy and a football “to master my keepy­-ups”.

Her favourite TV show is University Challenge and Grease 2 is her top film.

Jess is Lottery funded through UK Sport.

Personal information

Place of Birth Current Address Home Town Region
Durham Isleworth Durham County Durham
Place of Birth:
Durham
Current Address:
Isleworth
Home Town:
Durham
Region:
County Durham
Date of Birth Height
7th October 1984 178m
Date of Birth:
7th October 1984
Height:
178m
Education
St Leonards Comprehensive – Durham, Royal Holloway College – Egham
Education:
St Leonards Comprehensive – Durham, Royal Holloway College – Egham