Cath Bishop

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Cath Bishop
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Full name Catherine Bishop
Born 22 November 1971 (1971-11-22) (age 45)
Leigh on Sea, England

Catherine "Cath" Bishop (born 22 November 1971) is a former British rower. In partnership with Katherine Grainger she was World Champion in the coxless pair in 2003, and in 2004 they won a silver medal at the Olympic Games.

Early life and education[edit]

Bishop was born in Leigh on Sea, England, and educated at Westcliff High School for Girls.[citation needed] She has a BA in modern languages from Pembroke College, Cambridge, a master's in international politics from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and a Ph.D. in contemporary German literature from the University of Reading.[citation needed]



Bishop won medals at the World Championships twice, a silver in 1998 in the women's pair with Dot Blackie, and gold in 2003, again in the pair, with Katherine Grainger.[citation needed]

She won silver in the 2004 Olympic Games in the women's pair with Grainger,[citation needed]

In 1999 she was the World Indoor Rowing Champion.[1]


From 2001 through 2014 Bishop forged a career with the Foreign Office, for whom she worked in London; Sarajevo, Bosnia; and Basra Iraq. Her roles included : Political, projects and press officer at British Embassy, Sarajevo, from 2004; Political Adviser to the High Representative to Bosnia & Herzegovina from 2006; Head of the Political Section at the British Consulate in Basra from 2007; and Deputy Director of the Stabilisation Unit in London from 2009-11.[2]


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