Dame Katherine Grainger

Chair of UK Sport, Former Olympic Gold Medallist Rower for Team GB, The Only Female Olympian To Claim Five Medals From Five Consecutive Games, Former Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University & Chancellor of the University of Glasgow



Katherine Grainger: The Autobiography

Katherine Grainger: The Autobiography

Katherine Grainger received a 5 star rating across 15 events in 2023

"Katherine Grainger, a legendary Olympian with five consecutive Olympic medals, including a gold, is an inspiring motivational speaker. Her extraordinary career in rowing, coupled with her academic achievements, make her highly sought after. Katherine's speeches on teamwork, overcoming adversity, communication and mindset resonate deeply, offering valuable insights and motivation to audiences worldwide. She's truly exceptional and authentic."

How to hire Dame Katherine Grainger

Contact the Champions Speakers Agency to provisionally enquire about hiring Dame Katherine Grainger for your next event, today. To get in touch, simply call an official booking agent on 0207 1010 553 or email us at [email protected] for more information.

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Katherine Grainger's official speaking topics are listed below:

  • Teamwork
  • Overcoming Challenges
  • Motivation
  • Winning
  • The Importance of Communication

Feedback from In-Person & Virtual Events

Feedback from In-Person Events:

"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 audience 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

"Katherine was one of the very best speakers I have ever heard speak, friendly to all my people and our clients, genuinely interested in other people’s eyes and 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, CEO, Thomsons Online Benefits

"Thank you so much for joining our conference and sharing your wonderful and inspiring story.  We’ve received lots of fantastic feedback and the team loved your interaction with the Atlantic row team – which was exactly what we were hoping for!  The rowing team also found the event uplifting and now feels all the more motivated, so it was wonderful, in a small way, to help them on their journey too.  Thank you for taking on board our objectives for the day and incorporating these into your talk, that was very much appreciated." - Vodafone

  • 2024 - Appointed Honorary Colonel of the 215 Multirole Medical Regiment Army Reserve
  • 2021 - Reappointed for second term as Chair of UK Sport
  • 2020 - Appointed as the Chancellor of Glasgow University, the first-ever woman to hold the office
  • 2017 - Appointed DBE for Services to Sport & Charity
  • 2017 - Awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Aberdeen
  • 2017 - Appointed Chair of UK Sport
  • 2015 - Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University
  • 2013 - Patron of the National Coastwatch Institution
  • 2013 - Appointed CBE for Services to Rowing
  • 2012 - Board Member of International Inspiration
  • 2012 - Broke the Olympic Record in the Double Sculls with Anna Watkins
  • 2008 - Steward of Henley Royal Regatta
  • 2008 - Inducted into Edinburgh University's Sports Hall of Fame
  • 2006 - Appointed MBE 
  • 2005 - Elected the Honorary President of the Scottish Amateur Rowing Association
  • 1996 - President of the Edinburgh University Boat Club
  • Board Member of the Youth Sport Trust & the British Olympic Association's Athlete Commission
  • Patron for Netball Scotland, Winning Scotland, the NCI & Aberlour children's charity
  • Recipient of the Edinburgh University Sports Union's Eva Bailey Cup in 1995/96 & 1996/97
  • 1 x Olympic Gold medallist 
  • 4 x Olympic Silver medallist
  • 6 x World Champion
  • 1 x World Championship Silver medallist
  • 1 x World Championship Bronze medallist
  • 1 x European Championships Bronze medallist