Sarah
Winckless

Board Member

Sarah Winckless MBE is a former Great Britain rower who won back-to-back World Championships in 2005 and 2006.

Sarah claimed an Olympic bronze medal in the double sculls alongside Elise Laverick in Athens in 2004 before twice claiming global glory in the quadruple sculls in Gifu, Japan and on Dorney Lake in Eton.

A Natural Sciences graduate and a netball, basketball, athletics and rowing Blue from Cambridge University, she featured in three Olympic Games and six World Championships in total before announcing her retirement from rowing in 2009.

Sarah has since been UK Chef de Mission for the Youth Olympic Games; served as the inaugural Chairman of the BOA’s Athletes Commission and was the first woman to be appointed as a Boat Race umpire.

She was awarded an MBE for Services to sport and young people in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 2015 and has also received the Helen Rollason Award for Inspiration at the Sky Sports and Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year Awards for her work for surrounding Huntingdon’s Disease - an illness for which Sarah herself has tested positive.