Dame Katherine Grainger DBE
Olympic silver at Rio 2016, gold at London 2012 to add to her silver medals from Sydney in 2000, Athens in 2004, and Beijing in 2008, as well as six world championships titles in her collection, Katherine is Britain’s most decorated female Olympic athlete and the first British woman to win medals at five successive games. Katherine has supported Inspirational Friends since she named our Ocean Rowing Boat ‘Sedulous’ in 2013.
Major Heather Stanning OBE
Olympic Gold at Rio 2016, gold at London 2012 to add to her World Champion and European Champion titles. Paired with Helen Glover they became the first British female rowers to win an Olympic title and the first to successfully defend their crown four years later. Unbeaten since 2011, they have also won two World and two European titles together. Heather is also a Major in 32nd Regiment Royal Artillery.
Alex Gregory MBE
Double Olympic Champion and multiple World Champion. Since making the change from sculling to sweep in 2008, he has twice been crowned Olympic Champion with the men’s four – at London 2012 and Rio 2016 – and won a fantastic five World Championship gold medals. Alex is patron of the British Exploring youth charity and got behind Inspirational Friends in 2016.