Iconic olympic rower
Dealing with pressure
The importance of communication
Women in sport
Dame Katherine Grainger is Britain's most successful female rower, and the only female athlete - in any sport - to win medals in five consecutive Olympic Games.
She won Olympic silver medals in 2000 (Sydney), 2004 (Athens), 2008 (Beijing), before realising her dreams and achieving gold in the double sculls at London 2012.
After taking time out to write her autobiography and complete a PhD in the sentencing of homicide at King's College London, Katherine returned to the GB rowing squad in 2014. She and her partner Victoria Thornley went on to win silver in the double sculls (narrowly missing out on gold) - an amazing feat, especially as most had not expected the pair to even qualify.
In addition to her Olympic success, she has won six World Championship golds.
Katherine continues to comment on sport and rowing in the mainstream media. She was inaugurated as Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University in 2015 for a seven year term, and was made a Dame in the 2017 New Years Honours list for services to rowing and charity.
Described by Sir Steve Redgrave as "...an iconic figure in the world of rowing", Katherine's story is one of sporting prowess combined with exceptional resilience and gritty determination.
She captivates audiences with her wit, charm and emotional authenticity, showing how she exploited small advantages and opportunities to gain a competitive edge and developed a winning mindset.
“Katherine was one of the very best speakers I have ever heard, friendly to all my people and our clients, genuinely interested in other people’s eyes, incredibly authentic. People were made to feel very special in the presence of a true sporting superstar. I was completely blown away by her, and that rarely happens believe me!
She has made people think about their lives completely differently and the memory of her words will resonate with me for a very long time” --- Michael Whitfield, CEO Thomsons Online Benefits
“Katherine’s ability to engage and thrill both a young audience during the daytime and a wider public audience in the evening with her warm style and charisma was marvellous. Her willingness to spend time answering questions, having her photo taken and sharing her gold medal with the audiences was terrific.
Katherine is an excellent speaker, a true ambassador for sport and a role model – not just for young people but for all.” --- Sir J P Arbuthnott, President, The Royal Society of Edinburgh