Vicky Thornley
Personal information
Born (1987-11-30) 30 November 1987 (age 33)
St Asaph, Denbighshire, Wales
Years active2007–
Height6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight77 kg (170 lb)
CountryGreat Britain
Event(s)Double sculls
ClubLeander Club
Turned pro2009

Victoria Thornley (born 30 November 1987) is a Welsh rower who was a member of the Great Britain team that finished fifth in the women's eight at the 2012 Summer Olympics.[2][3]

Rowing career

Thornley was born in St Asaph and brought up in Wrexham. She began her sporting career through the "Sporting Giants" programme, becoming the first of the scheme's graduates to win a gold medal when she was successful at the 2009 World Under-23 Championships.[4]

She was part of the British squad that topped the medal table at the 2011 World Rowing Championships in Bled, where she won a bronze medal as part of the eight with Alison Knowles, Jo Cook, Jessica Eddie, Louisa Reeve, Natasha Page, Lindsey Maguire, Katie Greves and Caroline O'Connor.[5]

In the 2016 Summer Olympics, she was partnered with Katherine Grainger in the women's double sculls,[6] in which they took the silver medal.[7]

In June 2017 Thornley won the gold medal for women's single sculls in the European Rowing Championship at Račice.[8] She won a silver medal at the 2017 World Rowing Championships in Sarasota, Florida in the single sculls.[9]

In 2021, she won a European silver medal in the single sculls in Varese, Italy.[10]


  1. ^ "MAABC Women's Senior squad shows quality and depth – British Rowing". 28 July 2009.
  2. ^ "Victoria Thornley". Retrieved 5 September 2012.
  3. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Victoria Thornley". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 4 December 2016.
  4. ^ "Victoria Thornley". British Rowing. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  5. ^ "2011 World Rowing Championships". World Rowing Federation. Archived from the original on 19 March 2016. Retrieved 20 August 2020.
  6. ^ "Vicky Thornley insists there are no excuses over rough Rio rowing conditions". WalesOnline. 6 August 2016. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  7. ^ "Rio Olympics 2016: Katherine Grainger and Victoria Thornley win double sculls silver". BBC Sport. BBC. 11 August 2016. Retrieved 11 August 2016.
  8. ^ "European Rowing Championships: Vicky Thornley wins gold for Britain". BBC Sport. BBC. 18 June 2017. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  9. ^ "World Rowing Championships: Britain's Vicky Thornley wins silver on final day". BBC Sport.
  10. ^ "Women's Single Sculls Final A (Final)". World Rowing. Retrieved 11 June 2021.