Karen Bennett

Rower // Women's Squad
Date of Birth: 5th Feb 1989 (28 years old)
Club: Leander Club
Height: 179.00
Hometown: Edinburgh

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Lottery Funded - UK Sport

Karen Bennett ended her first full season in the GB Rowing Team's senior ranks in memorable style - by winning an historic silver medal with the women's eight at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Karen Bennett is a graduate from the GB Rowing Team Start programme. She won silver in the women’s four at the 2015 World Championships before establishing herself in the Olympic-class boat for 2016.

A world university gold-medallist in 2014, Bennett is also a reigning European champion and will be looking to build on her successful season during the Tokyo Olympiad.

Her 2017 season has started well, winning gold in the women’s pair with Holly Norton at the opening World Cup in Belgrade.

 

 

Karen earned selection for the women's eight in 2016, helping to secure Olympic silver and European gold in a historic season

On The Water

2016

Olympic Silver Medalist Women's Eight

European Champion Women's Eight

2015

World Silver Medallist Women's Four

2014

World University Champion Women's Four

Rio 2016 Olympiad: 2013 – 2016

After impressing in training and trials throughout the winter, Bennett was selected for the women’s eight at the start of the 2016 season and 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. They won silver again at the World Cup in Poznan, this time behind New Zealand.

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

Bennett was selected for the senior GB Rowing Team for the first time in 2014 as part of the women’s eight that competed at the Windermere Cup in Seattle.

She also represented Britain at the 2014 World University Rowing Championships in Gravelines, France, teaming up with Becca Chin, Pippa Whittaker and Michelle Vezie to win women’s four gold with a dominant performance.

In 2015, Bennett finished sixth with Katherine Douglas in the women’s pair at the GB Rowing Team Senior and U23 Truials. She was given another chance to impress at the Essen Regatta in Germany, and she took it with both hands, winning dougle gold with Chin in the women’s pair. The same partnership competed as a second GB pair at the World Cups in Varese and Lucerne, finishing tenth in both.

Bennett and Chin were then selected alongside Lucinda Gooderham and Holly Norton for a women’s four at the 2015 World Rowing Championships in Aiguebelette, where they won an impressive silver medal.

 

London 2012 Olympiad: 2009 – 2012

Bennett was a member of the women’s eight that finished fifth at the 2011 World Rowing U23 Championships in Amsterdam.

GB Competitive Record

Olympic Games
Rio de Janeiro 2016 W8+
Olympic Games:
Rio de Janeiro 2016
W8+
World Rowing Championships
2017 5th W8+
2015 W4-
World Rowing Championships:
2017
5th
W8+
World Rowing Championships:
2015
W4-
European Rowing Championships
2017 W2-
2016 W8+
European Rowing Championships:
2017
W2-
European Rowing Championships:
2016
W8+
World Rowing Cup Regattas
2017 Lucerne 4th W2-
2017 Poznan W8+
2017 Belgrade W2-
2016 Poznan W8+
2016 Lucerne W8+
2015 Lucerne 10th W2-
2015 Varese 10th W2-
World Rowing Cup Regattas:
2017 Lucerne
4th
W2-
World Rowing Cup Regattas:
2017 Poznan
W8+
World Rowing Cup Regattas:
2017 Belgrade
W2-
World Rowing Cup Regattas:
2016 Poznan
W8+
World Rowing Cup Regattas:
2016 Lucerne
W8+
World Rowing Cup Regattas:
2015 Lucerne
10th
W2-
World Rowing Cup Regattas:
2015 Varese
10th
W2-
World Rowing U23 Championships
2011 5th W8+
World Rowing U23 Championships:
2011
5th
W8+
World University Rowing Championships
2014 W4-
World University Rowing Championships:
2014
W4-
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials
2016 5th W2-
2015 6th W2-
2014 10th W1x
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2016
5th
W2-
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2015
6th
W2-
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2014
10th
W1x

More info...

Club: Leander Club
Boat: Women’s Squad
Role: Rower
Coaches: Jane Hall
Learnt to Row: Heart of Scotland BC at Strathclyde Park
Original Club(s): Heart of Scotland BC
Original Coach(es): Lee Boucher

Beyond the Boat

A part-time rowing coach, Bennett studied Sports Rehabilitation at St Mary’s University in London and developed her talent with the GB Rowing Team Start programme in Glasgow.

She is Lottery funded through UK Sport.

Personal information

Place of Birth Current Address Hometown Region
Perth, Australia East Molesey Edinburgh Scotland
Place of Birth:
Perth, Australia
Current Address:
East Molesey
Hometown:
Edinburgh
Region:
Scotland
Date of Birth Weight Height
5th February 1989 75kg 179cm
Date of Birth:
5th February 1989
Weight:
75kg
Height:
179cm
Education
St Mary’s University
Education:
St Mary’s University