10: Olympic Gold Medallist Heather Stanning on confidence, building a team and the power of perserverance


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We are so excited to be talking with Heather Stanning, MBE; a two time Olympic gold medalist. Heather has been ranked number 1 female rower in the world since 2016. She is a double Olympic champion, double World champion, quadruple World Cup champion and double European champion. As of May 2015 she and her partner Helen Glover are the World, Olympic, World Cup and European record holders, plus the reigning Olympic, World, and European champions in the women's coxless pairs. She has also been a British champion in both women's fours and quad sculls.

She was a Captain, now a Major, in the 32nd Regiment Royal Artillery. Paired with Helen Glover in 2012, she won an Olympic gold medal, the first for their country of the 2012 Games and the first ever British Olympic gold medal in women's rowing. She set the world record time in partnership with Helen Glover at the 2014 World Rowing Championships in Amsterdam, and they retained their World title at the 2015 World Rowing Championships in France. In 2016 they retained their European title at Brandenburg an der Havel, and set the World Rowing Cup record time at Poznan. She announced her retirement from rowing in November 2016.

In September 2016, Stanning was awarded the freedom of the Scottish region of Moray.

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