Bedford International Rowers – rowing for Rio

Charlotte Taylor

 Charlotte Taylor Rio 2016 Olympiad: 2013 – 2016
At the 2015 GB Rowing Team Senior and U23 Trials Charlotte finished 2nd in the lightweight women’s single scull. To commence the 2015 season, she joined Kat Copeland in the lightweight women’s double scull for the European Rowing Championships in Poznan and won her first international title.

Charlotte’s debut international regatta was at the 2014 European Rowing Championships having come 3rd in the lightweight women’s single scull at the 2014 GB Rowing Team Senior and U23 Trials.  In Belgrade she raced in the lightweight women’s single scull, finishing an impressive 4th, just outside the medals.  For the second World Cup in Aiguebelette Charlotte paired up withEllie Piggott in the lightweight women’s double scull (GBR2).  In an exciting race the duo secured a 1 – 2 for GB by winning the silver behind GBR1.  At the final World Cup in Lucerne Charlotte, together with Ruth Walczak, Ellie Piggottand Brianna Stubbs moved into the lightweight women’s quadruple scull  and finished a creditable 8th in the open weight category. This crew went on to race at the World Rowing Championships in Amsterdam and qualified for the Final, finishing 6th overall.

2013 was Charlotte’s first year trialling for GB selection.  At the GB Rowing Team Senior & U23 Trials she came 5th in the lightweight women’s single sculls.

Charlotte has an impressive domestic record.  In 2013 she won the lightweight elite single scull at Henley Women’s Regatta, the women’s single scull and quad at the Home International Regatta, and the lightweight women’s double sculls at the British Championships.

Charlotte began rowing in 2010 when she relocated to London.  Her Dad, an enthusatic veteran at Bedford Star Club, suggested it could be a good sport for her.  Charlotte has always been sporty and had tried gymnastics, running and cycling, all of which have given her an excellent foundation of skills and fitness which she now applies to her rowing.

Beyond the Boat
Charlotte was a keen gymnast, runner and cyclist before taking up rowing as a social sport in 2010 after moving to London. Her Dad, an enthusiastic veteran at Bedford Star Club, suggested it could be a good sport for her.

She paid her way at the University of St Andrews by baking and selling chocolate brownies, and has an ambition to be a chocolatier when she finishes rowing and doesn’t “have to worry about being a lightweight any more”. Her favourite TV shows include Bake Off and Masterchef.

Charlotte also enjoys drawing and painting, knitting and hillwalking. She also spent a year learning Farsi but admits: “I can’t really remember much of that any more.”

Her non-sporting heroes include friend and fast-jet pilot Paul Beavers, A&E workers Tom and Julie-Anne Evens, and her brother who overcame having a stroke aged three.

She is Lottery Funded through UK Sport.

Place of Birth:Huntingdon
Current Address:London
Home Town:Bedford
Personal information
Date of Birth:14th August 1985
Education:Sharnbrook Upper School, University of St. Andrews
Rowing information
Club:Putney Town RC
Boat:Lightweight Women’s Squad
Coaches:Paul Reedy

Learnt to Row:Putney Town RC
Original Club(s):Putney Town RC
Original Coach(es):Gary Lovejoy, Martin Gough, Tom Evens