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Rower // Women's Squad Date of Birth: 23rd Mar 1992 (29 years old)
Club: Tees RC Height: 182cm Hometown: Middlesborough
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After developing her talent under the guidance of the World Class Start programme, Jo Wratten enjoyed a very successful U23 international career.
She was first selected to represent Great Britain in 2012, finishing fourth in the women’s eight at the World Rowing U23 Championships in Trakai, Lithuania.
In 2013 Jo won a fine silver medal in the eight again; the following year she took fifth in the quadruple sculls and a bronze in the eight in 2015.
She made her senior debut in 2017 at the European Rowing Championships. She was part of the women’s eight that won silver and bronze at the World Cup regattas in Poznan and Lucerne and went on to finish fifth at the World Rowing Championships in Sarasota-Bradenton.
After training Jo teaches swimming to youngsters; she would love to become a sports coach or school teacher one day. Jo’s sporting role model is boxer Anthony Joshua, and her dream dinner party guests are Muhammad Ali, Elvis Presley and Russell Brand – the northern classic, chicken parmo, would be on the menu.
Jo’s ergo soundtrack includes a mix of things, including tropical house, she says: “it takes me to the beach in the middle of an 18k”. Along with music, which she couldn’t live without, Jo would take a hammock to a desert island, as well as a chicken – “because what’s life without eggs?”
Jo is Lottery funded through UK Sport.