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Beth Rodford

Beth was selected for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games for the women’s eight and finished 5th.

Beth is a former World Under 23 champion who has also represented GB at junior and senior level. She raced in the eight in the 2007 World Cup series, always reaching the A Final and finishing 2nd, 5th and 4th. In the 2008 World Cup series she raced in the eight finishing 5th, 6th and bronze.

Beth started rowing in 1995 at Gloucester Rowing Club and represented GB as a Junior in 1999 and 2000, winning bronze in the four at the World Junior Championships in 1999.

In 2001/2002 she spent a year rowing at Washington State University in the USA before returning to London to take up her Sport Science studies at Brunel University.

Beth became World U23 Champion in 2004 in the women’s four coached by Gary Stubbs. Producing an excellent row in the final they demolished the field, leading by clear water after 500 metres to win an impressive and emphatic gold medal.

She won the pairs event at the GB Rowing Senior Trials in 2005 and raced in the pair and the eight at the Eton World Cup regatta, winning bronze in the latter event before switching to the four at the World Cup finals in Lucerne in July where she also took bronze. Beth went on to be part of the women’s eight that performed so well at the 2005 World Championships, finishing 5th.

She followed this up at the 2006 World Cup final in Lucerne finishing 4th with the women’s eight and racing with the eight at the 2006 World Championships at Eton where the crew finished 8th.

As well as her successes on the water, Beth holds the British Indoor Rowing record over 2000m at J13, 14, 15 and 16.

Beth is Lottery Funded through UK Sport.

Location
Place of birth:

Burton upon Trent

Current Address:

Pangbourne

Home town:

Gloucester

Region(s):

Gloucestershire

Personal information
Date of birth:

28 December 1982

Height:

177cm

Education:

Brunel University

Rowing information
Club:

Thames Rowing Club

Boat:

Women’s Sweep

Role:

Rower

Coach:

John Keogh

Learnt to row:

Gloucester Rowing Club

Original Club(s):

Gloucester Rowing Club

Original Coach:

Mark and Cath Pollard

GB Competitive Record
Olympic Games
2008 5th W8+
World Rowing Championships
2007 12th W2-
2006 8th W8+
2005 5th W8+
World Rowing U23 Championships
2004 Gold W4-
2003 6th W4-
World Rowing Junior Championships
2000 4th W4-
2000 6th W8+
1999 Bronze W4-
GB Rowing Senior Trials
2005 1st W2-
FISU World University Rowing Championships
2004 Bronze W4-

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