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The GB Rowing Team is the high performance arm of British Rowing. Rowing is the nation’s most continuously successful Olympic sport, having won a gold medal in every Olympic Games since 1984, and has won six Paralympic golds since the sport was introduced to the Paralympic Games programme in 2008.
GB Rowing Team
Rower // Women's Squad Date of Birth: 2nd Sep 1982 (40 years old)
Club: Leander Club Hometown: Oxford
It was a case of third-time lucky for Katie Greves at Rio 2016 as she helped a GB women's eight onto an Olympic podium for the first time ever.
Katie Greves is one of the longest-serving members of the GB Rowing Team, having made her junior debut in 1999, Greves won Olympic silver after finishing fifth with the eight at both Beijing 2008 and London 2012.
She has spent most of her senior career in the eight, winning medals at World and European Championships as well as multiple World Cups.
Katie made her first GB appearance in 1999 and won a historic Olympic silver with the women's eight at Rio 2016
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Olympic Silver Medalist Women's Eight
European Champion Women's Eight
European Silver Medallist Women's Eight
Olympic Finalist Women's Eight
World Bronze Medallist Women's Eight
World Bronze Medallist Women's Eight
World U23 Bronze Medallist Women's Pair
World Junior Bronze Medallist Women's Four
Greves was once again selected in 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 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 Greves and her crew mates ended that wait at Rio 2016. They took silver in a photo finish after an epic race that featured another trademark surge through the field in the second half.
Greves also raced in the women’s eight throughout the 2015 season, which started with a fifth-place finish at the European Championships in Poznan. The GB crew had looked well on course for a medal until a 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 at the World Rowing Championships in Aiguebelette. That fourth-place finish qualified the boat for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Greves had started the Olympiad in the eight that finished fourth at the Sydney World Cup. She also raced in a second GB pair with Jess Eddie and finished fifth before improving to fourth at the Eton Dorney World Cup. Greves returned to the eight for the rest of the season, finishing fourth at both the World Cup in Lucerne and World Rowing Championships in Chungju.
She 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 Rowing Championships in Amsterdam.
After finishing fifth with the eight at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, Greves concentrated on sculling for the next two years and raced with the quad during 2009, winning gold at the Banyoles World Cup and silver in Munich. They then finished fifth at both the Lucerne World Cup and the World Rowing Championships in Poznan.
Her 2010 campaign was restricted to the World Rowing Championships in New Zealand, where she finished ninth overall in the single scull – a great performance by the team’s reserve.
She returned to the eight for the remainder of the London Olympiad and, after taking silver at the Munich World Cup, secured her second world championships medal with bronze at Bled in 2011.
Two more bronze medals followed at the Belgrade and Munich World Cups in 2012 before Greves and the eight recorded another fifth-placed finish at the London Olympics.
Katie’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 when she was at school.
She helped the women’s four win bronze at the 1999 World Junior Championships in Plovdiv and was fourth in the same boat at the following year’s event in Zagreb, as well as sixth with the eight.
The 2001 season saw Katie make her senior debut in the four at the Munich World Cup and she was fifth in the same boat at the World U23 Championships in Linz. She made two further appearances at the U23s, winning women’s pair bronze with Jess Eddie in 2003 in Belgrade and placing seventh in the single scull at Poznan in 2004.
Katie established herself in the senior squad in 2005, winning World Cup bronze in both the pair and eight. She made her World Championships debut in the latter boat in Japan, finishing fifth.
With her place in the eight secured for the rest of the Olympiad, Katie won silver and bronze medals at World Cup regattas and competed at the 2006 and 2007 World Championships, winning a fine bronze at the latter.
The eight went into Beijing 2008 on the back of a bronze medal at the Poznan World Cup and reached the Olympic final, where they finished fifth.
Club: Leander Club
Boat: Women’s Squad
Coaches: James Harris
Learnt to Row: Headington School
Original Club(s): Headington School
Original Coach(es): Rob Dauncey, Pete Somerville
Greves learnt to row at Headington School, Oxford.
She was vice–captain of University of London Boat Club from 2003–4 and graduated with a degree in English literature in 2004.
Greves is Lottery funded through UK Sport.
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