Olivia Bates

Rower // Lightweight Women's Squad
Club: Nottinghamshire County RA
Hometown: Nottingham and Derbyshire

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Liv watched the London 2012 Olympics on TV, and, inspired by watching the Women’s Doubles Sculls final, joined her local rowing club - Trent Rowing Club in Burton.

She moved to train at Nottingham when she was 16. Her family, despite not rowing themselves, have supported her training and helped to get her to all the different events she’s raced at, being a driving force behind the scenes to help her realise her dreams. She joined the GB Rowing Team senior squad in 2023 and won two bronze World Cup medals in the Lightweight Single Sculls in her first season.

Liv has always wanted to become a vet and studied Veterinary Science at the University of Nottingham, successfully juggling her studies with her rowing. She’s taken a year out from her course now to focus on training but will return to university in 2025. In 2023 Liv won Nottingham’s Robin Hood Half Marathon, beating regular club runners in a personal best time of 84.03.

On The Water

GB Competitive Record

Year Event Position Boat
2023 World Rowing Championships
Belgrade, SRB
12 (DNS in Final B) LW1x
2023 World Rowing Cup III
Lucerne, SUI
LW1x
2023 World Rowing Cup II
Varese, ITA
LW1x
2023 European Rowing Championships
Bled, SLO
8 (2 in Final B) LW1x
2022 World Rowing Under 23 Championships
Varese, ITA
12 (DNS in Final B) LW1x
Year:
2023
Event:
World Rowing Championships
Belgrade, SRB
Position:
12 (DNS in Final B)
Boat:
LW1x
Year:
2023
Event:
World Rowing Cup III
Lucerne, SUI
Position:
Boat:
LW1x
Year:
2023
Event:
World Rowing Cup II
Varese, ITA
Position:
Boat:
LW1x
Year:
2023
Event:
European Rowing Championships
Bled, SLO
Position:
8 (2 in Final B)
Boat:
LW1x
Year:
2022
Event:
World Rowing Under 23 Championships
Varese, ITA
Position:
12 (DNS in Final B)
Boat:
LW1x