Dame Katherine Grainger

Lucerne, SWITZERLAND, GBR W8+. Guin BATTEN, Katherine, GRAINGER, Cath BISHOP, Frances HAUGHTON. Alison TRICKEY, Debbie FLOOD, Alex BEEVER, World Rowing Championships 2001, held on Lake Rotsee, 19.08.2001. Credit: Peter Spurrier/Intersport Images

Rio Olympic silver medalist Katherine Grainger has been named a dame in this year’s British New Year’s Honor List. With five Olympic medals, Grainger is Great Britain’s most decorated female Olympian. This most recent honor recognizes her contributions to both sport and charity. Grainger is a board member of International Inspiration, a legacy initiative of London 2012; the British Olympic Association Athletes’ Commission; and London Youth Rowing, and has served as honorary patron or vice-patron of a several other charities. “This is an enormous honor and something I could never have imagined when I started my rowing career,” said Grainger.

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