Karen Bennett

Karen Bennett

Rower - Women's Squad
Date of Birth: 5th Feb 1989 (34 years old)
Club: Leander Club
Height: 179.00
Hometown: Edinburgh

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Intro

Karen Bennett is a double Olympian, who won an historic silver medal with the women’s eight at Rio 2016.

Bennett is a graduate from the British Rowing Start programme. She won silver in the women’s four at the 2015 World Championships before establishing herself in the eight for 2016. This crew went on to win the European Championships that year before securing the Olympic silver medal – the first medal won by British women in the eight at an Olympic Games.

Her 2017 season started well, winning gold in the women’s pair with Holly Norton at the opening World Cup in Belgrade, following it up with a bronze at the European Championships in Racice. Bennett returned to the eight for the second World Cup, winning silver in Poznan and, after a brief return to the pair for Lucerne, Bennett was selected in the eight for the 2017 World Championships, finishing fifth.

Still in the eight, in 2018 she won silver at the Europeans before finishing sixth at the Worlds; in 2019, she took European silver again and came fifth at the Worlds.

She moved into the coxless four for the 2021 season, winning bronze at the European Rowing Championships before placing fourth at the delayed Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Returning to rowing in 2023, she won silver in the eight at the European Championships.

 

On The Water

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
Year Event Position Boat
2023 European Rowing Championships
Bled, SLO
Silver W8+
2020 Olympic Regatta
Tokyo, JPN
4 W4-
2021 European Rowing Championships
Varese, ITA
Bronze W4-
2019 World Rowing Championships
Linz Ottensheim, AUT
5 W8+
2019 World Rowing Cup III
Rotterdam, NED
5 W8+
2019 World Rowing Cup II
Poznan, POL
Bronze W8+
2019 European Rowing Championships
Lucerne, SUI
Silver W8+
2018 World Rowing Championships
Plovdiv, BUL
6 W8+
2018 European Rowing Championships
Glasgow, GBR
Silver W8+
2018 World Rowing Cup II
Linz Ottensheim, AUT
Silver W4-
2018 World Rowing Cup I
Belgrade, SRB
Silver W8+
2017 World Rowing Championships
Sarasota-Bradenton, USA
5 W8+
2017 World Rowing Cup III
Lucerne, SUI
4 W2-
2017 World Rowing Cup II
Poznan, POL
Silver W8+
2017 European Rowing Championships
Racice, CZE
Bronze W2-
2017 World Rowing Cup I
Belgrade, SRB
Gold W2-
2016 Olympic Games Regatta
Rio de Janeiro, BRA
Silver W8+
2016 World Rowing Cup III
Poznan, POL
Silver W8+
2016 World Rowing Cup II
Lucerne, SUI
Silver W8+
2016 European Rowing Championships
Brandenburg, GER
Gold W8+
2015 World Rowing Championships
Aiguebelette, FRA
Silver W4-
2015 World Rowing Cup III
Lucerne, SUI
4 (FB Final) W2-
2015 World Rowing Cup II
Varese, ITA
4 (FB Final) W2-
2011 Under 23 World Rowing Championships
Amsterdam, NED
5 (F Final) BW8+
Year:
2023
Event:
European Rowing Championships
Bled, SLO
Position:
Boat:
W8+
Year:
2020
Event:
Olympic Regatta
Tokyo, JPN
Position:
4
Boat:
W4-
Year:
2021
Event:
European Rowing Championships
Varese, ITA
Position:
Boat:
W4-
Year:
2019
Event:
World Rowing Championships
Linz Ottensheim, AUT
Position:
5
Boat:
W8+
Year:
2019
Event:
World Rowing Cup III
Rotterdam, NED
Position:
5
Boat:
W8+
Year:
2019
Event:
World Rowing Cup II
Poznan, POL
Position:
Boat:
W8+
Year:
2019
Event:
European Rowing Championships
Lucerne, SUI
Position:
Boat:
W8+
Year:
2018
Event:
World Rowing Championships
Plovdiv, BUL
Position:
6
Boat:
W8+
Year:
2018
Event:
European Rowing Championships
Glasgow, GBR
Position:
Boat:
W8+
Year:
2018
Event:
World Rowing Cup II
Linz Ottensheim, AUT
Position:
Boat:
W4-
Year:
2018
Event:
World Rowing Cup I
Belgrade, SRB
Position:
Boat:
W8+
Year:
2017
Event:
World Rowing Championships
Sarasota-Bradenton, USA
Position:
5
Boat:
W8+
Year:
2017
Event:
World Rowing Cup III
Lucerne, SUI
Position:
4
Boat:
W2-
Year:
2017
Event:
World Rowing Cup II
Poznan, POL
Position:
Boat:
W8+
Year:
2017
Event:
European Rowing Championships
Racice, CZE
Position:
Boat:
W2-
Year:
2017
Event:
World Rowing Cup I
Belgrade, SRB
Position:
Boat:
W2-
Year:
2016
Event:
Olympic Games Regatta
Rio de Janeiro, BRA
Position:
Boat:
W8+
Year:
2016
Event:
World Rowing Cup III
Poznan, POL
Position:
Boat:
W8+
Year:
2016
Event:
World Rowing Cup II
Lucerne, SUI
Position:
Boat:
W8+
Year:
2016
Event:
European Rowing Championships
Brandenburg, GER
Position:
Boat:
W8+
Year:
2015
Event:
World Rowing Championships
Aiguebelette, FRA
Position:
Boat:
W4-
Year:
2015
Event:
World Rowing Cup III
Lucerne, SUI
Position:
4 (FB Final)
Boat:
W2-
Year:
2015
Event:
World Rowing Cup II
Varese, ITA
Position:
4 (FB Final)
Boat:
W2-
Year:
2011
Event:
Under 23 World Rowing Championships
Amsterdam, NED
Position:
5 (F Final)
Boat:
BW8+
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