Melanie Wilson

Rower // Women's Squad
Date of Birth: 25th Jun 1984 (32 years old)
Club: Imperial College Boat Club
Height: 183.00
Hometown: London

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Melanie Wilson made the switch from sculling to sweep in 2016 and saw that move pay dividends as she won a historic silver medal with the women's eight at the Rio Olympic Games.

It was her second appearance on the Olympic stage, having finished sixth with the women’s quadruple scull at London 2012.

Melanie made her GB Rowing Team debut in 2009, the same year she started reading Medicine at Imperial College, and qualified as a Doctor in 2015.

Melanie was part of the first-ever GB women's eight to win both an Olympic medal and European title in 2016

On The Water

2016

Olympic Silver Medalist Women's Eight

European Champion Women's Eight

2012

Olympic Finalist Women's Quadruple Scull

Rio 2016 Olympiad: 2013 – 2016

Melanie switched from sculling to sweep for the 2016 season and earned selection for the women’s eight. She 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 Melanie 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.

Melanie returned to the GB Rowing Team in 2015 after taking a year out to focus on her studies. She spent the season in the women’s quadruple scull and finished just two-tenths of a second shy of a medal at the European Championships in Poznan.

The quad were seventh and sixth at the Varese and Lucerne World Cup respectively before finishing eighth at the World Championships in Aiguebelette, narrowly missing out on qualifying the boat for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the first attempt.

Melanie had started the Olympiad in the single scull, winning the B final at the Eton Dorney World Cup, before switching to the eight for the rest of 2013. The crew finished fourth at both the World Cup in Lucerne and World Championships in Chungju.

London 2012 Olympiad: 2009 – 2012

March 2009 was a key month for Melanie as she was accepted onto a Medical degree course at Imperial College – and selected for the GB Rowing Team. She made her debut at the World Championships later that year, helping the eight to fifth place in Poznan.

The following season saw Melanie finish tenth in the single scull at the Bled World Cup and travel to the World Championships in New Zealand as a spare but 2011 proved to be her breakthrough year.

An injury to Anna Watkins led to Melanie partnering Katherine Grainger to double scull gold at the World Cup in Munich. She then moved into the quad and won silver at the Lucerne World Cup before finishing seventh at the World Championships in Bled.

Melanie raced in the quad throughout 2012 and won bronze medals at both the Belgrade and Munich World Cups. She was selected for her first Olympic Games and finished sixth at London 2012 alongside Frances Houghton, Debbie Flood and Beth Rodford.

GB Competitive Record

Olympic Games
Rio de Janeiro 2016 W8+
London 2012 6th W4x
Olympic Games:
Rio de Janeiro 2016
W8+
Olympic Games:
London 2012
6th
W4x
World Rowing Championships
2015 8th W4x
2013 4th W8+
2011 7th W4x
2009 5th W8+
World Rowing Championships:
2015
8th
W4x
World Rowing Championships:
2013
4th
W8+
World Rowing Championships:
2011
7th
W4x
World Rowing Championships:
2009
5th
W8+
European Rowing Championships
2016 W8+
2015 4th W4x
European Rowing Championships:
2016
W8+
European Rowing Championships:
2015
4th
W4x
World Rowing Cup Regattas
2016 Poznan W8+
2016 Lucerne W8+
2015 Lucerne 6th W4x
2015 Varese 7th W4x
World Rowing Cup Regattas:
2016 Poznan
W8+
World Rowing Cup Regattas:
2016 Lucerne
W8+
World Rowing Cup Regattas:
2015 Lucerne
6th
W4x
World Rowing Cup Regattas:
2015 Varese
7th
W4x
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials
2016 6th W2-
2015 6th W1x
2013 5th W1x
2012 5th W1x
2011 4th W1x
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2016
6th
W2-
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2015
6th
W1x
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2013
5th
W1x
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2012
5th
W1x
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2011
4th
W1x

More info...

Club: Imperial College Boat Club
Boat: Women’s Squad
Role: Rower
Coaches: Paul Thompson, Robin Williams
Learnt to Row: University of London
Original Club(s): University of London Boat Club
Original Coach(es): Nathan Williams, Brendan Boreham

Beyond the Boat

Melanie grew up in Hong Kong but moved to the UK so that she could go to University in Nottingham, where she studied for a BSc in Biochemistry.  After University she worked in a research laboratory in Kenya before moving to London to start her medical studies.

She is a keen sportswoman and previously spent a lot of her time swimming and playing water polo. She also enjoys cycling.

Melanie is Lottery Funded through UK Sport.

Personal information

Place of Birth Current Address Home Town
Southampton London London
Place of Birth:
Southampton
Current Address:
London
Home Town:
London
Date of Birth Height
25th June 1984 183cm
Date of Birth:
25th June 1984
Height:
183cm
Education
Nottingham University, University of London
Education:
Nottingham University, University of London