Alumna Vicky Thornley aiming for rowing gold with Kathy Grainger at Rio Olympics
4th August 2016

A former Rydal Penrhos pupil will team up with a legendary rower for a tilt at Rio Olympics gold.

Vicky Thornley travelled to Brazil on Friday along with partner Katherine Grainger, who will be competing at her fifth Olympics after missing out during the initial selection process.

The pair will test their skills in the double sculls at Lagoa, with Grainger winning the same event four years ago.

Speaking to Press Association Sport, Thornley said: “Paul Thompson is our coach and we’re working well together.

“We’re working as a team to make the boat go as fast as possible.

“You’ve got to put the storylines to one side as it’s not what makes the boat go faster. It’s about writing our history now.”

Thornley and Grainger were selected in the double sculls in February but tried to switch to the eight after finishing fourth at European Championships in Germany in May. 

They had trials for the larger boat but the selectors, led by British Rowing performance director Sir David Tanner, opted to stick to the crews as they were.

“We’ve shown some real speed in the last few weeks,” added the 28 year-old.

Director of Sport Allen Boyd, said: “Everyone at Rydal Penrhos wishes Vicky the very best of luck in her gold medal pursuit at the Rio Olympics.

“She could not be in the boat with anyone better in Kathy Grainger, who has four Olympic medals to her name, so hopefully they can perform well as part of Team GB and bring back some silverware.”


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