Katie Greves

Rower // Women's Squad
Date of Birth: 2nd Sep 1982 (34 years old)
Club: Leander Club
Hometown: Oxford

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Lottery Funded - UK Sport

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.

One of the longest-serving members of the GB Rowing Team, having made her junior debut in 1999, Katie won Olympic silver having finished fifth with the eight at both Beijing 2008 and London 2012.

Katie 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

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

World U23 Bronze Medallist Women's Pair

1999

World Junior Bronze Medallist Women's Four

Rio 2016 Olympiad: 2013 – 2016

Katie 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 Katie 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.

Katie also raced in the women’s eight throughout the 2015 season, which started with a fifth-placed 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 Championships in Aiguebelette. That fourth-placed finish qualified the boat for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Katie 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. Katie returned to the eight for the rest of the season, finishing fourth at both the World Cup in Lucerne and World 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 Championships in Amsterdam.

London 2012 Olympiad: 2009 – 2012

After finishing fifth with the eight at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, Katie 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 Championships in Poznan.

Her 2010 campaign was restricted to the World Championships in New Zealand, where Katie 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 in Bled in 2011.

Two more bronze medals followed at the Belgrade and Munich World Cups in 2012 before Katie 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 9th W1x
2009 5th W4x
2007 W8+
2006 8th W8+
2005 5th W8+
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
9th
W1x
World Rowing Championships:
2009
5th
W4x
World Rowing Championships:
2007
W8+
World Rowing Championships:
2006
8th
W8+
World Rowing Championships:
2005
5th
W8+
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
2004 7th W1x
2003 W2-
2001 5th W4-
World Rowing U23 Championships:
2004
7th
W1x
World Rowing U23 Championships:
2003
W2-
World Rowing U23 Championships:
2001
5th
W4-
World Rowing Junior Championships
1999 W4-
World Rowing Junior Championships:
1999
W4-
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials
2016 6th W1x
2015 3rd W2-
2014 8th W1x
2010 3rd W1x
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2016
6th
W1x
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2015
3rd
W2-
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2014
8th
W1x
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2010
3rd
W1x

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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
Role: Rower
Coaches: James Harris
Learnt to Row: Headington School
Original Club(s): Headington School
Original Coach(es): Rob Dauncey, Pete Somerville

Beyond the Boat

Katie learnt to row at Headington School.

She was vice–captain of University of London Boat Club from 2003–4 and graduated with a degree in English Literature in 2004.

Katie is Lottery funded through UK Sport.

Personal information

Place of Birth Current Address Home Town Region
London Henley-on-Thames Oxford London
Place of Birth:
London
Current Address:
Henley-on-Thames
Home Town:
Oxford
Region:
London
Date of Birth Education
2nd September 1982 Headington School, University of London
Date of Birth:
2nd September 1982
Education:
Headington School, University of London