Bedford International rowers – rowing for Rio

Eleanor (Ellie) Piggott

 Eleanor (Ellie) Piggott Rio 2016 Olympiad: 2013 – 2016
At the 2015 GB Rowing Team Senior and U23 Trials Ellie finished 4th in the lightweight single .

For her first competition of the 2014 season Ellie raced with Charlotte Taylor in the lightweight women’s double scull (GBR2) at the second World Cup in Aiguebelette where, after an exciting race, the duo achieved a 1 – 2 for GB by winning silver behind GBR1.  At the final World Cup in Lucerne Ellie, together with Charlotte Taylor, Ruth Walczak and Brianna Stubbs, moved into the lightweight women’s quadruple scull where they raced in the open weight category and finished a creditable 8th. This crew went on to race at the World Rowing Championships in Amsterdam and qualified for the Final, finishing 6th overall.

In 2013 at the World Rowing U23 Championships in Linz, Austria, Ellie won a superb gold medal in the lightweight women’s double scull with partner Brianna Stubbs.

London 2012 Olympiad: 2009 – 2012
At the 2012 World Rowing U23 Championships in Trakai, Lithuania, Ellie raced in the lightweight women’s double and finished 7th. That followed gold in the same event and year at the World University Championships.

At the 2011 World Rowing U23 Championships in Amsterdam, Ellie came 5th racing in the lightweight women’s quadruple scull.

In 2009 Ellie raced in the junior women’s quad at the World Rowing Junior Championships, finishing 10th.

Ellie began rowing at Bedford High School and was, at the time, also a keen cross country runner. However, having committed to rowing she won her first GB vest at the J16 GB v France Match in 2007. She continued to row at university, winning the women’s Boat Race twice with Oxford University Women’s BC.

Beyond the Boat
Ellie was a keen cross-country runner but committed fully to rowing after receiving her first GB vest at the J16 match against France in 2007.

She lives in “a really fun house” in Henley-on-Thames with GB Rowing Team colleague Olivia Carnegie-Brown and Tina Thomas, who Ellie rowed alongside at the 2011 World U23 Championships. It has a greenhouse and Ellie has a friendly competition with her dad to see who can grow the most veg. “Last year I had a huge glut of tomatoes, so the pressure is on to repeat that – it’s not looking good so far, though…”

Ellie started tutoring maths after graduating from Oxford University to help fund her rowing. Despite her commitments since joining the senior squad in 2014, she still makes time to tutor two students a week – “I really enjoy it and it’s a good way to switch off from rowing.”

Relaxation involves a cup of tea, her sofa and a TV box set. Her current favourites are The Good Wife, Suits and Poldark, while Love Actually and About Time are her favourite films. She has a wide taste in music – “Taylor Swift, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Calvin Harris, Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, a bit of everything really.”

Ellie’s ideal travel destination is Italy – “I love the food, the weather, the coastline…did I mention the food?” – and her dream dinner party guests are Jenson Button, David Beckham and Jonny Wilkinson, with GB Rowing Team chef Omar cooking the food.

Ellie is Lottery Funded through UK Sport.

Place of Birth:Milton Keynes
Current Address:Henley-on-Thames
Home Town:Bedford
Personal information
Date of Birth:16th May 1991
Education:Bedford High School for Girls; Oxford University
Rowing information
Club:Wallingford RC
Boat:Lightweight Women’s Squad
Coaches:Paul Reedy, Pete Sheppard

Learnt to Row:Bedford High School
Original Club(s):Bedford High School RC; Oxford University Women’s BC
Original Coach(es):Mick Deards, Ben Reed