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Family Voices: In conversation with Sarah Winckless MBE, Olympic medal winner and former world champion rower.
In conversation with… Sarah Winckless MBE, Olympic medal winner and former world champion rower.

Sarah Winckless MBE is a British rower and former star of Team GB. She has a bronze model from the 2004 Athens Olympics and was twice world champion (2005, 2006).

Although she retired in 2009, Sarah continues to contribute to sport – she is a Henley Royal Regatta Steward, was UK Chef de Mission for Team England at the Commonwealth Games and serves on the Board of UKAD (UK Anti Doping).

In 2020, she was the first woman to be appointed as an umpire in the Oxford-Cambridge boat race, which was delayed because of Covid-19 but went ahead in April 2021. She also works with teams and individuals as a leadership and executive coach.

Huntington’s disease is in Sarah’s family on her mother’s side. Sarah and her family supported her mum as she lived with the disease until she passed away in 2020. During her final year of university, Sarah tested positive for the gene herself whilst her three siblings did not inherit the gene.

As Patron of the Scottish Huntington’s Association, she avidly campaigns for Huntington’s disease charities. During this very special webinar conversation, Sarah will share the impact of her mum’s deteriorating health and finding out, just as she was reaching for global sporting success, that she too had inherited the same faulty gene.

Sarah will also speak about her hope for the future and the inspiration she draws from the Huntington’s community.

Jun 21, 2022 07:00 PM in London

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