21 March 2013  Olympic Gold Medalist Katherine Grainger CBE has agreed to become a Patron of the National Coastwatch Institution (NCI). 

At the London Olympics in 2012, Katherine and Anna Watkins broke the Olympic record as they qualified for the Double Sculls final and went on to win the Gold Medal.

Katherine is also a three-times Olympic silver medallist and six-times World Champion. Awarded the MBE in the 2006 Birthday Honours, she was appointed a CBE in the 2013 New Year’s Honours for services to rowing.

Alan Richards, Chairman of NCI, commented: “We are both honoured and delighted that Katherine Grainger has agreed to become a Patron of NCI and I very much look forward to her involvement with, and support for, the Charity as we approach our 20th anniversary in 2014 and continue to grow as a partner in the UK Search and Rescue organisation.”

Commenting on her association with NCI, Katherine Grainger said: “I am delighted to become a Patron of NCI. I knew only a little about the work that it undertakes and have really enjoyed learning more about the organisation and everything it achieves. So many people willingly give up their time to do tasks about which the public are either unaware or undervalue and, if I can help in any way to promote their valuable work, I shall be more than happy to do so.”

Katherine Grainger CBE joins Sir Christopher Coville KCB who became a Patron of NCI in May 2011.


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Currently 56 NCI stations are operational and manned by over 2600 volunteers keeping watch around the British Isles from Fleetwood in the North West, through Wales, to the South and East of England to Hornsea in the East Riding of Yorkshire. 

NCI watchkeepers provide the eyes and ears along the coast, monitoring radio channels and providing a listening watch in poor visibility. They are trained to deal with emergencies offering a variety of skills and experience, and full training by the NCI ensures that high standards are met.








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