Cath Bishop

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Cath Bishop
Personal information
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. 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.



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.

She won silver in the 2004 Olympic Games in the women's pair with Grainger,

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]

Personal life[edit]

On 9 October 2010 she married Matt Tillett in Leigh-on-Sea. On 16 July 2011 she gave birth to a son, Jonathan Luke Kellie, and on 12 March 2013 a daughter, Lucy Jennifer.


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