Mathilda Hodgkins-Byrne

Rower // Women's Squad
Date of Birth: 1st Oct 1994 (23 years old)
Club: Reading University BC
Height: 174cm
Hometown: Hereford

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Mathilda Hodgkins-Byrne is one of the most promising young female scullers in the country.

Mathilda Hodgkins-Byrne has come through the GB Rowing Team ranks, representing her country as a junior at the Coupe de la Jeunesse and at three successive World Rowing U23 Championships – winning gold in the women’s double sculls at her latest outing.

At the opening World Cup of the 2017 season, she won bronze in a women’s quad crew which included Beth Bryan, Holly Nixon and Jessica Leyden.

Having started her career at Hereford Rowing Club, Hodgkins-Byrne is currently part of the GB Rowing Team Start programme at Reading having previously been at Gloucester-Hartpury and gained valuable senior experience during 2016.

An impressive 2016 season saw Mathilda make her senior bow and win her first World U23 gold medal

On The Water

2016

World U23 Champion Women's Double Scull

Rio 2016 Olympiad: 2013 – 2016

Hodgkins-Byrne finished fourth in the women’s single scull at the 2016 GB Rowing Team Olympic Trials, then won the World, U23 and Junior Trials a couple of weeks later. She was selected as a racing spare for the 2016 European Championships in Brandenburg, Germany and impressed on her senior GB debut as she won the women’s single scull B final to finish seventh overall.

She was again selected as a racing spare for the final Olympic Qualification Regatta in Lucerne, Switzerland, finishing fourth in her semi-final. She and Jess Leyden then formed an extremely impressive women’s double scull at the World Rowing U23 Championships in Rotterdam. Clear-water winners in both their heat and semi-final, they produced another top-class display of sculling in the final to take gold in emphatic fashion.

The 2015 season saw Hodgkins-Byrne win the B final of the women’s single sculls at the GB Rowing Team Senior and U23 Trials. She had also been the fastest women’s under-23 rower at the GB Rowing Team’s Winter Assessment in February 2015.

She was selected to race alongside Georgia Francis in the women’s double sculls at the World  Rowing U23 Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, finishing fourth overall.

That was her second experience at world under-23 level, having finished fifth in the women’s quad scull at the 2014 Championships in Varese, Italy.

Rowing in a Great Britain under-23 composite crew, Hodgkins-Byrne won the elite quad sculls event at 2014 Henley Royal Regatta.

She also teamed up with Beth Rodford to finish runners-up in the women’s double sculls at the 2014 British Rowing Senior Championships.

As a member of the Gloucester-Hartpury Start Programme, Hodgkins-Byrne enjoyed quad scull success at the National Schools Regatta, British Rowing Junior Championships and at Henley Royal Regatta in 2013. She was also part of the fastest under-23 crew at the British Rowing Senior Championships that year.

London 2012 Olympiad: 2009 – 2012

She learnt to row at Hereford RC in 2011 after being told by coach John Griffiths that she had the right build for the sport.

She made her GB Rowing Team debut as part of the women’s quad at the 2012 Coupe de la Jeunesse in Banyoles, Spain.

GB Competitive Record

World Rowing Championships
2017 W4x
World Rowing Championships:
2017
W4x
European Rowing Championships
2017 W4x
2016 7th W1x
European Rowing Championships:
2017
W4x
European Rowing Championships:
2016
7th
W1x
World Cup Regattas
2017 Lucerne 5th W4x
2017 Belgrade W4x
World Cup Regattas:
2017 Lucerne
5th
W4x
World Cup Regattas:
2017 Belgrade
W4x
World Rowing U23 Championships
2016 W2x
2015 4th W2x
2014 5th W4x
World Rowing U23 Championships:
2016
W2x
World Rowing U23 Championships:
2015
4th
W2x
World Rowing U23 Championships:
2014
5th
W4x
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials
2016 4th W1x
2015 7th W1x
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2016
4th
W1x
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2015
7th
W1x

More info...

Club: Reading University BC

Role: Rower

Coaches: Tom Pattichis

Learnt to Row: Hereford RC

Original Club(s): Hereford RC, Monmouth RC, Gloucester-Hartpury RC

Original Coach(es): Ric Colborne, John Griffiths, Tom Pattichis

Beyond the Boat

Hodgkins-Byrne passed her A-Levels at Hartpury College in 2014 and is now studying at Reading University.

Her younger sister Charlotte is currently on the Start programme at Gloucester-Hartpury and was part of the British women’s quad scull crew which won bronze at the 2014 World Rowing Junior Championships in Hamburg, Germany.

Personal information

Place of Birth Current Address Hometown Region
London Herefordshire Hereford WAGS
Place of Birth:
London
Current Address:
Herefordshire
Hometown:
Hereford
Region:
WAGS
Date of Birth Weight Height
1st October 1994 73kg 174cm
Date of Birth:
1st October 1994
Weight:
73kg
Height:
174cm
Education
Michael Hall, Hartpury College, Reading University
Education:
Michael Hall, Hartpury College, Reading University