Golden girl rower Grainger in the spotlight

OLYMPIC rower Katherine Grainger was among a star-studded line up at this year’s BBC Sports Personality of the year - which saw cyclist Bradley Wiggins win the coveted award, with heptathlon Jessica Innes runner-up and Andy Murray in third.

The 37-year old MBE was among 10 athletes at the star-studded even in London who were nominated for this year’s awards.

The former Bearsden Academy pupil won gold at her fourth Olympic attempt in August in the double sculls with partner Anna Watkins at Eton-Dorney. The three times Olympic silver medalist beat the Australian duo Kim Crow and Brooke Pratley.

Meanwhile in honour of her achievements Katherine was honoured by her old university.

Glasgow University presented her with their prestigious Young Alumnus of the Year Award 2012.

Grainger attended the university’s alumni Christmas dinner in the establishment’s Bute Hall on Saturday

(December 15) to receive the reward in recognition of her achievements as Britain’s most successful female rower.

Grainger said: “It’s incredible. I felt the big focus for me this year would be the Olympics, and winning it was everything I wanted it to be. I kind of thought I’d won everything I could win, so to be awarded this on top makes the year even more special.”