Debbie Flood

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Debbie Flood
Rowing at the 2012 Summer Olympics 9174 W quadruple sculls heat2 GBR NZL.jpg
Quadruple scull of Great Britain (including Debbie Flood) at the 2012 Summer Olympics
Personal information
Full nameDeborah Kirsty Flood
Born (1980-10-02) 2 October 1980 (age 41)
Harrogate, Yorkshire
ClubTideway Scullers School

Deborah Kirsty Bruwer (née Flood; born 27 February 1980) is an English rower, noteworthy for winning silver medals in the quadruple sculls at both the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games.


Flood was born in Harrogate, Yorkshire, and was a Great Britain junior judo international and a county level 1500m and cross–country runner and shot–putter before she took up rowing.

She won a bronze medal at the 1998 World Junior championships in the double sculls along with partner Frances Houghton. The following year they both won gold in the double sculls at the World Under 23 Championships.

In 2000 Flood won gold in the single sculls at the World Under 23 Championships and the single sculls national title rowing for the Tideway Scullers School at the 2000 National Championships.[1][2]

At the 2006 World Championships, Flood originally finished in the silver medal position in the quadruple sculls, but was elevated to gold after one of the Russian crew failed a drugs test.[3]

Having taken a year off in 2009, Flood returned to take World Championships gold again in 2010, in the quad sculls with Beth Rodford, Frances Houghton, and Annabel Vernon.

At the 2012 Summer Olympics Flood competed in the GB quad scull with Beth Rodford, Frances Houghton, and Melanie Wilson and finished in fifth place.

In December 2012 Flood was elected captain of Leander Club, the first time a woman had been appointed to this role in almost 200 years. Her predecessor as Captain was Richard Egington, a medallist with the GB men's eight at both the 2008 Summer Olympics and 2012 Summer Olympics.

Debbie is a Christian and works for Christians in Sport.[4][5]


  1. ^ "Full archive of results". Web Archive. Archived from the original on 13 March 2017.
  2. ^ "National Championships". Times Digital Archives.
  3. ^ "Russia drug test elevates GB crew". BBC News. 29 January 2007. Retrieved 27 August 2011.
  4. ^ Kelso, Paul (6 August 2008). "Flood aims to turn tide for Britain on a sea of faith". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 27 May 2011.
  5. ^ "Interview: Debbie talks to Aled about how her faith has helped her sporting career". BBC Radio 2. Retrieved 12 August 2012.

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