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Rower // Women's Squad Date of Birth: 23rd Jun 1987 (35 years old)
Club: Tees Rowing Club Height: 176.00 Hometown: Yarm
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Kristina Stiller is one of the most experienced members of the GB Rowing Team women's sculling squad, having made her international debut in 2004.
Kristina Stiller won multiple medals at Junior and U23 level before stepping up to the senior ranks, being named as a reserve for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
A long-term injury put her rowing career on hold for three years and forced her to miss the London 2012 Games but she battled back to fitness and was a mainstay in the women’s quadruple scull throughout the Rio Olympiad.
Tina Stiller won multiple medals at Junior and U23 level before stepping up to the senior ranks
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World U23 Silver Medallist Women's Single Scull
World U23 Bronze Medallist Women's Quadruple Scull
World U23 Silver Medallist Women's Quadruple Scull
World Junior Bronze Medallist Women's Quadruple Scull
Tina was once again selected in the women’s quadruple scull at the start of the 2016 season along with Jess Leyden, Holly Nixon and Rosamund Bradbury. They finished fourth at the World Cup in Varese and fifth at the European Championships in Brandenburg before heading to the Final Olympic Qualification Regatta in Lucerne. The top two went to Rio but, despite a valiant effort, the GB crew had to settle for fourth overall.
Tina had also raced in the women’s quad throughout 2015 and was just two-tenths of a second shy of winning a medal at the European Championships in Poznan. They placed seventh and sixth at the Varese and Lucerne World Cups respectively before finishing eighth alongside Frances Houghton, Melanie Wilson and Jess Leyden at the World Championships in Aiguebelette, narrowly missing out on qualifying the boat for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the first attempt.
After being sidelined by injury since 2009, Tina returned to the GB Rowing Team for the 2013 World Cup series and helped the quad finish fourth in Sydney, fifth at Eton Dorney and tenth in Lucerne. She went on to place ninth at the World Championships in Chungju alongside Rosamund Bradbury, Monica Relph and Lucinda Gooderham.
Tina and the quad – this time featuring Lucinda, Vicki Meyer-Laker and Beth Rodford – were also ninth at the 2014 World Championships in Amsterdam. They had started the season with fifth place at the European Championships in Belgrade, a position they repeated at the Aiguebelette World Cup. Olivia Carnegie-Brown replaced the injured Lucinda for the World Cup in Lucerne, where the quad finished seventh.
After winning medals at three successive World U23 Championships and travelling to the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games as a reserve, Tina started the 2009 season in the eight. She finished fifth at both the Munich World Cup and the World Championships in Poznan before injury put her GB rowing career on hold for the remainder of the Olympiad.
Tina made her GB debut at the 2004 World Junior Championships, placing ninth in the double scull, and returned the following year to win a bronze medal with the quad.
She offered more evidence of her potential with medals at three successive World U23 Championships. Silver and bronze in the women’s quad at the 2006 and 2007 events were followed by a second-placed finish in the single scull in 2008 – a result which helped Tina earn a reserve place in the Team GB squad for the Beijing Olympic Games.
Tina also made her senior breakthrough during 2008, racing in the single scull at two World Cups and finishing fifth in the double with Debbie Flood at the European Championships in Athens.
Club: Tees Rowing Club
Boat: Women’s Squad
Coaches: Paul Thompson
Learnt to Row: Tees RC
Original Club(s): St Peter’s School Boat Club, Nottingham RC, Leander Club
Original Coach(es): Arthur Ellis-Davies, Ade Roberts, Jane Hall, James Harris, Nick Strange
Tina first got into rowing at the age of 16 with Tees RC after watching her brother Matthew compete and deciding she could do better than him.
She enjoys reading, walking and yoga, which she got into while recovering from an injury which sidelined her during 2010 and 2011. Her favourite musicians are Beyonce and Foo Fighters – “they always seem to be touring when we’re away on camp” – but her current guilty pleasure is Taylor Swift.
A big movie buff, Tina says it is impossible to choose just one favourite film but has no doubt over her choice of TV viewing – House of Cards. “We get through so many box sets on camp, Netflix has been a big help.”
Tina is also a big Great British Bake Off fan and loves cooking. She has an undergraduate degree in nutrition and biochemistry from the University of Nottingham but is planning on applying for a MBA after rowing and getting into property. Her ideal career choice, though, would be editor of Vogue.
Her three ideal dinner party guests would be Marilyn Monroe, Brad Pitt and Peter Kay. Her favourite travel destination is Malaysia, which she visited with her boyfriend last summer. “I absolutely loved it. The food is incredible, amazing beaches and the best diving I have done.”
Tina is Lottery Funded through UK Sport.
Stewart Innes and Alan Sinclair’s men’s pair semi-final win was one of the highlights today at the European Championships.