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Dame Katherine Grainger DBE

UK Olympian & Chair of UK Sport
United Kingdom

Dame Katherine Grainger is the current Chair of UK Sport. She was appointed for a term of four years in April 2017 with the approval of the Prime Minister. Katherine was appointed for a second term of four years in 2021.

Katherine is Britain’s most decorated female Olympic athlete of all time and the first British woman to win medals at five successive Olympic Games. These include a memorable gold medal at London 2012, which followed silver medals at Sydney, Athens and Beijing. Following a two-year break from the GB Rowing Squad, Katherine returned to the team at the end of 2014. The move resulted in success when Katherine’s silver medal at Rio 2016 gave her the record breaking fifth medal from five Olympics.

In November 2009, Katherine was named as Scottish Sportsperson of the Year and awarded the “Emirates Lonsdale Trophy” by Commonwealth Games Scotland, the first female to win this prestigious award. In 2016, her fellow Olympians voted her Britain’s first Olympians’ Olympian. On retiring from rowing, Katherine was awarded the world of rowing’s most prestigious prize, the Thomas Keller Medal, for an Outstanding Career in Rowing. She is the Honorary President of the Scottish Amateur Rowing Association.

Katherine was born and educated in Scotland, graduating in law from Edinburgh University. She went on to achieve an MPhil in Medical Law and Medical Ethics from Glasgow University. In May 2013, she completed a PhD in the sentencing of homicide at King’s College, University of London.

She is a Fellow of King’s College and a Regent of Edinburgh University and has received honorary doctorates from nine universities. In March 2015, Katherine was inaugurated as Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University, a role she will hold for a seven-year tenure.

For services to rowing, Katherine was awarded an MBE in 2006 and a CBE in 2013. She serves as an ambassador, patron or board member of various charities and sporting bodies and this was recognised when, to round off an exceptional 20 year career in sport, she became Dame Katherine Grainger in the 2017 New Year’s Honours List for services to sport and charity.

Dame Katherine Grainger DBE's

Sessions

  • High Performance
    High Performance
    Inspiring Insights | He Wawata - Future of High Performance Culture
    What does the future of high-performance culture look like for women's sport? What do we need to go there?

    Dame Katherine is the current chair of UK Sport and is one of Britain's most successful Olympians. Her experience as a world-class rower will provide valuable insight into how organisations, leaders and athletes worldwide can support female athletes in a high-performance environment.

    Hybrid session
    10:05am - 11:00am
    High Performance

    Dame Katherine is the current chair of UK Sport and is one of Britain's most successful Olympians. Her experience as a world-class rower will provide valuable insight into how organisations, leaders and athletes worldwide can support female athletes in a high-performance environment.

    visibility & voice

    Dame Katherine is the current chair of UK Sport and is one of Britain's most successful Olympians. Her experience as a world-class rower will provide valuable insight into how organisations, leaders and athletes worldwide can support female athletes in a high-performance environment.

  • High Performance
    High Performance
    Topics: High Performance Culture
    Open to all in-person participants. Pre-registration required.

    Do you want to dive deeper into this topic? Are you interested in an area and need a space to explore that with other participants?

    This session will allow you and other participants to discuss, collaborate, wrestle with ideas, and develop or grow your understanding of an issue within this topic. We will provide a facilitator where we can, a subject expert, and space to create an informal social learning environment that enables focused conversations that deepen your understanding of identified topics and generate ideas for action.

    Staying true to the context of physical activity - some sessions may take you offsite, where our excellent Tātaki Auckland Unlimited will guide you, volunteers, through Tamaki Makaurau Auckland and make the most of our beautiful city.

    Rooms and spaces will be advertised via the Conference App during the week. Make sure to download the app to your device, so you know where this session will be meeting.

    In-person session
    11:00am - 1:00pm
    High Performance

    Do you want to dive deeper into this topic? Are you interested in an area and need a space to explore that with other participants?

    This session will allow you and other participants to discuss, collaborate, wrestle with ideas, and develop or grow your understanding of an issue within this topic. We will provide a facilitator where we can, a subject expert, and space to create an informal social learning environment that enables focused conversations that deepen your understanding of identified topics and generate ideas for action.

    Staying true to the context of physical activity - some sessions may take you offsite, where our excellent Tātaki Auckland Unlimited will guide you, volunteers, through Tamaki Makaurau Auckland and make the most of our beautiful city.

    Rooms and spaces will be advertised via the Conference App during the week. Make sure to download the app to your device, so you know where this session will be meeting.

    visibility & voice

    Do you want to dive deeper into this topic? Are you interested in an area and need a space to explore that with other participants?

    This session will allow you and other participants to discuss, collaborate, wrestle with ideas, and develop or grow your understanding of an issue within this topic. We will provide a facilitator where we can, a subject expert, and space to create an informal social learning environment that enables focused conversations that deepen your understanding of identified topics and generate ideas for action.

    Staying true to the context of physical activity - some sessions may take you offsite, where our excellent Tātaki Auckland Unlimited will guide you, volunteers, through Tamaki Makaurau Auckland and make the most of our beautiful city.

    Rooms and spaces will be advertised via the Conference App during the week. Make sure to download the app to your device, so you know where this session will be meeting.

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