Helen Glover is the nickname given to Helen Rachel Mary Glover, a British professional rower and member of the Great Britain Rowing Team. She is well-known for becoming the first woman in her country’s history to win a gold medal at the 2012 Olympics. Helen also won the BBC game show “Olympic Superstars.” She has Olympic, European, and World records in her sport with partner Heather Stanning.
Growing up, she was a gifted multi-sport athlete who excelled at running and hockey. In 2013, she was awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire and earned a “Blue Peter” gold badge in appreciation of her sporting achievements. Helen and Swann were nominated to the women’s pair for the Summer Olympics in Tokyo 2021 in June 2021.
|Helen Rachel Mary Glover
|Place Of Birth
|Truro, Cornwall, England
|University College Plymouth St Mark & St John
|10th September 2016
|Source of Wealth
|5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
|11 st 0 lb; 154 lb (70 kg)
Helen Glover Biography
Helen Glover was born on June 17, 1986, in Truro, Cornwall, England. Her parents gave her the name Helen Rachel Mary Glover when she was born. She has British nationality and is of British-white heritage. Her religion is also Christian, and she is Caucasian. Helen recently had her 37th birthday in 2024, and her star sign is Gemini, according to her birth date. Her father, Jimmy Glover, is an Oxford University graduate and a school teacher, while her mother, Rachel Glover, is a physiotherapist who trained at Guy’s Hospital. Nathan, her younger twin brother, and Ruth and Freya, her younger sisters, complete her family.
In terms of schooling, Helen attends Heamoor Community Primary School and Humphry Davy School in Penzance. Between 2002 to 2004, she received a sports scholarship to Millfield School in Somerset for her running and hockey abilities. Afterward, Glover studied Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Wales Institute in Cardiff before pursuing a PGCE at the University College Plymouth St Mark & St John to teach secondary school students physical education.
Helen Glover Height, Weight
How tall is Helen Glover? Helen Glover stands 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) tall and has an athletic body type. Her body weight is approximately 11 st 0 lb; 154 lb (70 kg). She had the perfect figure to go along with her good looks. Helen has lovely golden hair and gorgeous brown eyes. Her regular exercise routine has helped her to have excellent body posture and acceptable body measurements.
- Helen Glover began her rowing career in July 2008. She was accepted into the Sporting Giants initiative and placed on the GB Rowing Team’s “Start” program at Minerva Bath Rowing Club in Bath, Somerset, under coach Paul Stannard. She finished fourth in the British Indoor Rowing Championships on October 26, 2008, and she also won the Bernard Churcher Trophy in the senior single scull at the Henley Women’s Regatta in 2009.
- In February 2010, she left her teaching position to row with the Reading University eight, finishing third in the Women’s Eights Head of the River Race.
- She finished fifth in the GB Rowing Squad Senior Trials, earning a spot on the team, Lottery money, and a seat in the women’s coxless pair in April.
- In July, when Robin Williams began coaching them, Helen and Stanning were rated 16th and 17th in their event. They progressed so quickly that they earned a silver medal in November in the 2010 World Rowing Championships on Lake Karapiro in New Zealand.
- In 2011, they won the coxless pair event at the GB Rowing Team Senior Trials at Eton-Dorney in 7 minutes 15 seconds, and they finished second in the 2011 World Rowing Championships at Lake Bled, Slovenia, 0.1 seconds behind the winning New Zealand crew of Haigh and Scown.
- Helen and Stanning won the coxless pair event again at the GB Rowing Team selection trials at Eton Dorney on March 10th-11th, 2012, and went on to complete a clean sweep of all three events in the World Rowing Cup women’s coxless pair.
- On August 1, 2012, they also won the gold medal in the women’s coxless pair at the 2012 Summer Olympics. They finished the final ahead of Australia’s Kate Hornsey and Sarah Tait and New Zealand’s Juliette Haigh and Rebecca Scown, who had already set a new Olympic mark of 6 minutes 57.29 seconds in the heats. This was Team GB’s first gold medal of the London 2012 Olympics and the first Olympic gold medal for British women’s rowing.
- Helen won the women’s title of “BBC’s Olympic Superstars 2012” in December after winning the 800-meter run in 2 minutes and 24 seconds and the swimming, cycling, and gym rounds. She also won the women’s single scull at the GB Rowing Team Trials in April 2013 at the Redgrave Pinsent Rowing Lake in Caversham, Berkshire.
- In July, she won the Princess Grace Challenge Cup for women’s quadruple scull alongside Polly Swann, Victoria Meyer-Laker, and Frances Houghton at the Henley Royal Regatta.
- Then, on August 31, 2013, she became the world champion in the women’s coxless pair at the 2013 World Rowing Championships in Chungju, South Korea, with Polly Swann. In December 2013, the SportsSister organization named them Team of the Year.
- In September 2013, she was named the International Rowing Federation’s Athlete of the Month and was featured on the World Rowing website.
- Helen was a member of the composite crew that won the Women’s Eights Head of the River Race on the River Thames in London on March 17, 2014, achieving a record time of 17:42.2 for the 4.4-mile (6.8-kilometer) Championship Course from Mortlake to Putney.
- Swann and Glover also achieved a new European best time of 7 minutes 9 seconds, which they lowered to 7 minutes 3.62 seconds in the final on June 1st, finishing 5 seconds ahead of the defending European champions Christina Grigoras and Laura Oprea of Romania. Helen became the first British rower to hold the Olympic, World, and European titles simultaneously.
- She also won gold in the women’s coxless pair at the World Rowing Cup’s second and third rounds, at Lac d’Aiguebelette in France in June and Lucerne Rotsee on July 13th.
- Glover, teamed with Heather Stanning, defended her world championship on September 30, 2014, at the 2014 World Rowing Championships held at the Bosbaan in Amsterdam. They won both their heat and semi-final, and in the final, they achieved a new world record time of 6:50.61, shattering the previous record of 2002.
- Helen was also a member of the composite crew that won gold in both the women’s fours sweep event and the quad sculls at the British Rowing Championships, which were held on the 18th and 19th of October at Holme Pierrepont.
- At the end of 2014, World Rowing ranked her as the world’s second best female rower, and on February 14, 2015, she won her maiden GB Rowing single scull, open-weight assessment trial on the River Witham in Boston, Lincolnshire.
- She was a member of the composite crew that won the Women’s Eights Head of the River Race on the River Thames in London on March 14, 2015, with a timing of 18:58.6 for the 4.4-mile (6.8-kilometer) Championship Course from Mortlake to Putney.
- She and Heather Stanning won the women’s pair at the British rowing trials in Caversham on April 19, 2015. Glover, paired by Heather Stanning, defended her European title at the 2015 European Rowing Championships in Poznan, Poland, on May 31, 2015. They won both their heat and semi-final, and in the final, they achieved a new European record time of 6:58.28.
- Helen was officially ranked #1 female rower in the world by World Rowing after retaining her world title in 2015. The World Rowing Federation (FISA) also revealed Glover and Stanning had received the award for ‘2015 World Rowing Female Crew of the Year’ on November 20, 2015.
- Helen and Stanning won the European Rowing Championships at Brandenburg a der Havel on 8th May 2016 to retain their European title, and they also won both their heat and semi-final but were unable to compete in the final due to Stanning’s illness in the World Rowing Cup II at Lucerne, Switzerland, from 27th-29th May.
- Glover and Stanning won the World Cup III final on June 19, 2016, in Poznan, Poland, setting a new World Cup Best time of 6 minutes 52.79 seconds to finish 1.6 seconds ahead of the newly crowned World Cup Champions. On August 12th, they won the Olympic final in Rio de Janeiro.
Helen Glover Husband, Marriage
On September 16, 2015, she married TV naturalist Steve Backshall, whom she met at a Sport Relief event in 2014. The pair married at Piskies Cove in West Cornwall on September 10, 2016.
On March 13, 2018, it was revealed that Backshall and Glover were expecting twins. Unfortunately, Helen announced on April 9th that one of the twins had died but that she and Backshall were “hopeful for the other baby to arrive this summer.” On July 24, 2018, she announced on social media that she had given birth to a baby boy. Then, on January 16, 2020, she gave birth to twins (a boy and a girl). She is straight in terms of sexual orientation.
Helen Glover Net Worth
Helen Glover is a multitalented woman with a net worth of $1.7 million as of January 2024, yet her specific salary has not been disclosed. However, we may safely conclude that her annual pay is in the hundreds of dollars. She has yet to undertake any endorsement work. Furthermore, her primary source of income is her professional rowing career, and she is pleased and satisfied with her job.
- Helen won a gold medal in the Olympics in 2012.
- In her sport, she holds Olympic, European, and World records.
- Growing up, she was a gifted multi-sport athlete who excelled at running and hockey.
- She studied exercise science at the University of Wales and began rowing competitively in 2008.
- In 2013, she was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire, and in 2014, she received a Blue Peter gold badge.