Frances Houghton in the Quadruple scull at the 2012 Summer Olympics
|Full name||Frances Julia P. Houghton|
19 September 1980 |
Oxford, England, UK
|Alma mater||King's College London|
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Partner||Debbie Flood – 1998, 1999
Sarah Winckless – 2000
Debbie Flood – 2001,2002
Winckless, Mowbray, Laverick – 2003
Mowbray, Flood, Romero – 2004
Romero, Winckless, Grainger – 2005
Flood, Winckless, Grainger – 2006
Grainger, Flood, Vernon – 2007, 2008
Flood, Rodford, Vernon – 2010
Wilson, Flood, Rodford – 2012
Victoria Meyer-Laker – 2013
|Updated on 16 August 2013.|
Frances Julia P. Houghton (born 19 September 1980) is an English professional rower and a member of the Great Britain Rowing Team. She has been World Champion in the Quadruple scull on four occasions and won Silver Medals at both the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games.
Houghton was born in Oxford, and started her rowing at the Dragon School, before moving on to The King's School, Canterbury. She then graduated from King's College London in 2003 with a BA in Hispanic Studies, having taken a sabbatical to prepare for the Olympic Games in Sydney.
As of 2013 Houghton is the longest serving member of the British Rowing Team, having first made the Junior team in 1995. She finished fourth in the quadruple scull in her first World Rowing Junior Championships in 1996 at Strathclyde Country Park when she was 15.
In November she won the junior title at the British Indoor Rowing Championships, where she set a new junior British record. She was also the first Junior girl to break both the 7-minute and 6-minute 50 seconds barriers on the ergometer.
2000 – 09
Houghton won the GB Rowing Senior Trials (2000–04).
Houghton and Sarah Winckless finished ninth in the double sculls at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia. At the 2001 World Rowing Championships in Lucerne she finished seventh in the double sculls with Debbie Flood.
Houghton won gold medals in the 2004 World Rowing Cups at both Lake Malta Poznań, Poland and Rotsee Lucerne, Switzerland, partnered by Alison Mowbray, Debbie Flood and Rebecca Romero – the first British women's quad to beat the Germans in this event.
In 2005, Houghton moved to the 3 seat of the GB women's quadruple scull, where she won the first of her four world championships. She was partnered by Rebecca Romero, Sarah Winckless and Katherine Grainger.
In the 2006 World Rowing Cup series Houghton was teamed with Debbie Flood, Sarah Winckless and Katherine Grainger in the quadruple sculls. They achieved a clean sweep of gold medals at Poznan, Munich and Lucerne.
In 2006, Houghton won the second of her four world championships in the GB women's quadruple scull, partnered by Flood, Winckless and Grainger. They finished second to the Russian crew who were retrospectively disqualified in 2007 for drug offences.
In the 2007 World Rowing Cup series the quadruple scull team of Houghton, Katherine Grainger, Debbie Flood, and Annie Vernon won gold at Linz, silver at Amsterdam and gold at Lucerne, thus winning the overall quad title for the series, then became World Champion for the third time in the quad
In 2013 she teamed up with Victoria Meyer-Laker in the double sculls, taking Bronze in the World Rowing Cup at Penrith Lakes in Sydney, Australia, followed in June by Gold at Eton Dorney, London. At the third round in Lucerne they finished fourth.
In July 2013 at the Henley Royal Regatta she teamed up with Polly Swann, Victoria Meyer-Laker and Helen Glover to win the Princess Grace Challenge Cup for women's quadruple scull. Competing as Leander Club and Minerva Bath Rowing Club they completed the final course in 6 minutes 59 seconds.