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Deborah Kirsty "Debbie" Flood (born 27 February 1980) is an English female rower, noteworthy for winning Silver Medals in the Quadruple Sculls at both the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games.

Medal record
Women's rowing
Representing  Great Britain
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 2004 Athens Quadruple sculls
Silver medal – second place 2008 Beijing Quadruple sculls
World Rowing Championships
Gold medal – first place 2006 Eton Women's quad
Gold medal – first place 2007 Munich Women's quad
Gold medal – first place 2010 Karapiro Women's quad
Quadruple scull of Great Britain (including Debbie Flood) at the 2012 Summer Olympics

Flood was born in Harrogate, Yorkshire, and was a Great Britain junior judo international and a county level 1500m and cross–country runner and shot–putter before she took up rowing.

She won a Bronze medal at the 1998 World Junior championships in the Double sculls along with partner Frances Houghton. The following year they both won Gold in the Double sculls at the World Under 23 Championships.

In 2000 Flood won Gold in the Single Sculls at the World Under 23 Championships.

At the 2006 World Championships, Flood originally finished in the silver medal position in the Quadruple Sculls, but was elevated to Gold after one of the Russian crew failed a drugs test.[1]

Having taken a year off in 2009, Flood returned to take World Championships Gold again in 2010, in the quad sculls with Beth Rodford, Frances Houghton, and Annabel Vernon.

At the 2012 Summer Olympics Flood competed in the GB quad scull with Beth Rodford, Frances Houghton, and Melanie Wilson and finished in fifth place.

In December 2012 Flood was elected captain of Leander Club, the first time a woman had been appointed to this role in almost 200 years. Her predecessor as Captain was Richard Egington, a medallist with the GB men's eight at both the 2008 Summer Olympics and 2012 Summer Olympics.

Debbie is a Christian and a prominent member of Christians in Sport.[2][3]


  1. ^ "Russia drug test elevates GB crew". BBC News. 29 January 2007. Retrieved 27 August 2011.
  2. ^ Kelso, Paul (6 August 2008). "Flood aims to turn tide for Britain on a sea of faith". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 27 May 2011.
  3. ^ "Interview: Debbie talks to Aled about how her faith has helped her sporting career". BBC Radio 2. Retrieved 12 August 2012. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)

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