Princess Grace Challenge Cup

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The Princess Grace Challenge Cup is a rowing event for women's quadruple sculls at the annual Henley Royal Regatta on the River Thames at Henley-on-Thames in England. It is open to female crews from all eligible rowing clubs. Two or more clubs may combine to make an entry.

John Kelly, Sr

The event is named after Princess Grace of Monaco, who was the Academy Award-winning American actress Grace Kelly. Upon marrying Rainier III, Prince of Monaco in 1956, she became Her Serene Highness The Princess of Monaco, but was generally known as Princess Grace of Monaco. Her father John B. Kelly Sr. was an Olympic rowing gold medal winner, and her brother John B. Kelly Jr. won the Diamond Challenge Sculls at Henley in 1947 and 1949.

A year before the Princess's death in 1982 she was invited to present the prizes at the Royal Regatta.

The Princess Grace Challenge Cup was first presented in 2003 by the president of the Australian Olympic Committee John Coates. In 2004 Grace's son Prince Albert of Monaco gave out the prizes at the Royal Regatta.


Year Champions
2016 - Reading Rowing Club and Leander Club
2015 - Imperial College London and Tees Rowing Club
2014 - Leander Club and Gloucester Rowing Club
2013 - Leander Club & Minerva Bath Rowing Club, England Polly Swann, Victoria Meyer-Laker, Frances Houghton, Helen Glover[1]
2012 - National Rowing Centre of Excellence, Australia
2011 - Princeton Training Center "B", USA
2010 - Gloucester Rowing Club & Leander Club, England
2009 - Leander Club & Westminster School, England
2008 - Wallingford Rowing Club & Reading University, England
2007 - South Australian Institute of Sport, Australia
2006 - Marlow Rowing Club & University of London, England
2005 - TSSKA Ukraine, Ukraine
2004 - Leander Club & University of London, England
2003 - TSSKA Ukraine, Ukraine