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Rowing: Katherine Grainger awarded Olympic athlete of the year

January 31, 2011

Katherine Grainger has been named as the Olympic Athlete of the Year for 2010 for rowing.

Katherine Grainger - HeadShouldersShe received the British Olympic Association’s trophy at Saturday’s GB Rowing Team Dinner at Twickenham for which the Rt Hon Hugh Robertson MP, Minister for Sport and the Olympics, was the guest speaker.

Glasgow-born Grainger is also a three-times Olympic silver medallist. She won silver in the women’s quadruple scull at both Sydney and Beijing and silver in the women’s pair in Athens.

Even by those standards, Grainger had a stunning season in 2010 winning all three world cups and the world championships in the double with Anna Watkins but also taking two world cup golds in the women’s quadruple scull.

Grainger said:  “It’s a massive deal to win this award. The standard of British Olympic sport is so high these days and you know that you’re in some great company”.

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Grainger’s trophy was presented by British Olympic Association Chief Executive Andy Hunt during a team dinner which celebrated the GB Rowing Team’s most successful senior world championships of all-time in NZ last November, winning four Olympic-class golds, four silvers and a bronze backed by a Paralympic-class gold and silver.

The British Olympic Association (BOA) Olympic Athlete of the Year Awards were introduced in 2005 to mark the BOA’s Centenary Year.  The BOA presented all sports outside of rowing with their awards in December of last year.

At that earlier presentation Andy Hunt, BOA Chief Executive said: “Athletes from all 26 summer Olympic sports continued to prepare themselves for the once in a lifetime opportunity presented by a home Olympics in London in 2012. During this year we have seen many well-established sports continue to excel at World and European Championship level, while other sports have demonstrated great progression in their ambition of competing with the very best in 2012.

“The award of the Olympic Athlete of the Year trophy recognises the dedication, commitment and excellence of athletes who represent the very best of British talent in their respective Olympic sports”.

Kim Mogg, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

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