Brookes congratulates Chancellor Dr Katherine Grainger on winning silver at Rio

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Dr Katherine Grainger CBE

Oxford Brookes congratulates Chancellor Dr Katherine Grainger after she became the most decorated British female Olympian of all time today at Rio 2016.

Katherine and Vicky Thornley took the silver medal in the final of the Women’s Double Scull and were just narrowly beaten by Poland.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Alistair Fitt said: “Congratulations to Katherine Grainger and Vicky Thornley after their superb performance in the Women’s Double Scull final today.

“To become the most decorated British female Olympian of all time is a huge achievement and Katherine’s hard work and dedication is a real inspiration to all of our students and staff.”

To become the most decorated British female Olympian of all time is a huge achievement and Katherine’s hard work and dedication is a real inspiration to all of our students and staff.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Alistair Fitt, Oxford Brookes University

The silver medal is Katherine’s fourth since 2000 adding to the gold medal won at London 2012. Speaking to British Rowing about their initial lead in the race Katherine said: “I don’t think you ever feel like you are going to win but we were ahead and it felt good and then you come down very quickly. It was certainly a dramatic race.”

Katherine was officially welcomed as the University’s new Chancellor in March 2015 and was joined by her predecessors Shami Chakrabarti CBE, Jon Snow and Baroness Helena Kennedy QC for a special celebration. 

Oxford Brookes Boat Club has seen five of its elite athletes head to Rio to compete in the Olympic Games this year. Tomorrow will see alumni Scott Durant and Olivia Carnegie-Brown compete in the finals of the men’s and women’s eight respectively.