Olivia was part of the Women’s Eight that brought home a silver medal for Team GB out in Rio. No British women’s eight had won an Olympic medal before, but Olivia and her crew-mates ended that wait at Rio 2016 as they took silver in a photo-finish after an epic race that featured another trademark surge through the field in the second half.
Olivia began her rowing career as part of the GB Rowing Team’s Start Programme while still at school in Caversham. She trained under the guidance of Eira Parry for three years before moving to Oxford Brookes University.
Olivia raced in the women’s eight throughout 2015 and helped qualify the boat for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games with a fourth-placed finish at the World Championships in Aiguebelette.
The season started with fifth place at the European Championships in Poznan, with the GB crew looking well on course for a medal until a boat-stopping crab in the closing stages.