Jo Turvey and Miriam Batten

1992: Best Olympic results but…

The two fifth places achieved by the five women’s boats at the Barcelona Olympic Games were GB’s best results since women events were first included in the programme in 1976. However, major crew changes at the last minute and other controversies left many of those involved feeling that they could have done far better.

Meanwhile, at the World Championships in Montreal, Sue Key was thrilled with her silver medal in the lightweight single sculls medal (GB’s first podium finish in the event),  but her team mates in the lightweight coxless four were bitterly disappointed with theirs.

Read all about 1992 here >>


Quite a few of the competitors who took part in 1992 retired from international racing after that. Find out more about some them in these biographies.

Tish Reid

Tish learned to row in Oxford where she was president of OUWBC. Her GB career started 1985 in the coxed four, but she’s best known as a single sculler, the boat in which she came ninth at the 1992 Olympics.

Read about Tish’s rowing career here >>

Katie Brownlow

Katie stroked the GB lightweight four from 1988-1991, winning two silver medals at the World Championships. She then stroked the openweight eight at the 1992 Olympic Games.

Read about Katie’s rowing career here >>

Kate Grose

Kate represented GB at two Olympic Games and four World Championships, an extremely impressive career by any standards but especially for someone who was asked to give up not long after she started rowing because she was so bad.

Read about Kate’s rowing career here >>

Kim Thomas

Kim rowed for GB for three years as a junior, before going on to race as a senior at two Olympic Games and two World Championships. She also competed in the first open women’s single sculls event at Henley Royal Regatta in 1993.

Read about Kim’s rowing career here >>

© Helena Smalman-Smith, 2019.

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