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Rower // Women's Squad Date of Birth: 9th Jun 1984 (38 years old)
Club: Sport Imperial BC Height: 184.00 Hometown: Garboldisham
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Lucinda Gooderham is a World Championships medallist who returned to competitive rowing after taking time out to focus on her career.
Lucinda Gooderham after representing her country at U23 level, Lucinda went into teaching full-time before deciding to return to rowing after watching some of her former team-mates compete at the Beijing 2008 Games.
After representing her country at U23 level, Lucinda went into teaching full-time before deciding to focus on rowing
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World Silver Medallist Women's Four
Lucinda began the 2015 season in the women’s eight that finished fifth at the European Championships in Poznan. She was then selected in a second women’s pair with Becca Chin for the World Cup in Varese but had to withdraw through injury.
She returned to the squad for the World Championships in Aiguebelette as part of a women’s four with Becca, Karen Bennett and Holly Norton that won an impressive silver medal.
Lucinda made her senior GB Rowing Team debut in 2013 – eight years after her U23 appearance – as part of a women’s quadruple scull that finished tenth at the World Cup in Lucerne. She remained in the boat for the World Championships in Chungju, finishing ninth with Rosamund Bradbury, Tina Stiller and Monica Relph.
She continued in the quad during 2014 alongside Tina, Vicki Meyer-Laker and Beth Rodford, finishing fifth at both the European Championships in Belgrade and World Cup in Aiguebelette. Injury forced Lucinda to miss the Lucerne World Cup but she returned for the World Championships in Amsterdam, where the quad placed ninth overall.
Lucinda first represented the GB Rowing Team at the 2005 World U23 Championships in Amsterdam, finishing fifth in a women’s four that also featured future women’s eight crew-mate Louisa Reeve.
She returned to the sport in 2009 and, during the 2012 season, won Elite single scull titles at the Wallingford, Metropolitan and Henley Women’s Regattas.
Club: Leander Club
Boat: Women’s Squad
Coaches: Nick Strange
Learnt to Row: Durham University
Original Club(s): Durham University Boat Club
Original Coach(es): Ben Green, Emma Hall-Craggs
Lucinda was a full-time English teacher at a secondary school before deciding to focus on rowing. She still does some tutoring and would like to get back into teaching but is also keen to one day start her own business. “I have a couple of ideas that I want to explore.”
She also taught at a school in Uganda during her gap year and loves travelling around East Africa. “It gets under your skin and every time I am planning a trip I get drawn back there. Some close family friends live in Kenya and I have been really lucky to have some amazing holidays over there. I’d really like to climb Kilimanjaro next time.”
Depending on how intense training has been, Lucinda enjoys walking and exploring the countryside, catching up with friends over tea, cooking and reading – or crashing out in front of the TV. “I love a good British TV series, programmes like Luther, An Honourable Woman and Sherlock. I have also just finished watching the first series of Indian Summers, which was great.”
Lucinda listens to old-skool dance on the ergo and Radio 4 at home, and her ideal dinner party guests would be William Shakespeare, Stephen Fry and Emmeline Pankhurst.
Lucinda is Lottery funded through UK Sport.