Dame Katherine Grainger CBE


The only female athlete to ever gain medals in five consecutive Olympic Games, Dame Katherine Grainger CBE is Britain’s most decorated female Olympian. With four silver and one gold medal along with a PhD acquired from one of the top twenty five universities in the world, Katherine has a reputation like no other, making her an in-demand speaker on the circuit.

Katherine’s winning streak started at the Sydney Olympics in 2000, where she won her first silver medal in the Women’s Quadruple Sculls, the following Olympics in Athens saw her win silver in the coxless pairs. Katherine’s third silver was achieved at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. Katherine and Anna Watkins’ phenomenal performance at the London Olympics 2012 resulted in a new Olympic record and a gold medal win. Katherine also holds eight other medals from the World Championships.

A hero in the sporting world, Katherine has also made many TV appearances from Superstars to A Question of Sport, Countdown andThe Clare Balding Show. Katherine has also established herself within the media having co-presented on the Rowing World Cup for BBC and working as a pundit during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

As britain’s most decorated female Olympian, Katherine has picked up a vast amount of achievements and acknowledgements through her career from being inducted into the Aberdeen Sports Council Sporting Hall of Fame in 2012 to being named twice as British Olympic Association GB Olympic Athlete of the Year in 2009 and 2012. In 2006 she was awarded Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) and in 2013 Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE). As a top athlete, she was also awarded Team GB ‘Olympians’ Olympian’ in 2016 along with receiving a British Rowing Medal of Honour.

Katherine excels when it comes to being a speaker and is no stranger to delivering talks for big name clients such as the England’s women’s football team, BT, Coca-Cola, The Financial Times, The Sunday Times, Thomsons Online Benefits and many more. With the ability to tailor her talks to suit each individual audience, Katherine is a highly sought-after speaker.

A speaker that never disappoints, described by one of her previous clients as “one of the very best speakers I have ever heard speak…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!”, Katherine is known to talk around the topics of motivation, teamwork, winning, overcoming challenges and the importance of communication.

To book Dame Katherine Grainger CBE as the sports speaker for your corporate event, conference or function simply contact the Champions Speakers agency using the contact details below.

When at corporate events, Katherine is known to cover the following topics:

  • Sporting Success
  • London 2012
  • Breaking World Records
  • Drive & Determination
  • The Olympics
  • Rowing