Zoe started coxing for her school boat club when she was 15, and gained selection for the junior Great Britain team in her last year at school. She then moved up the ranks of the British team, becoming U23 World Champion in the process. During this time Zoe completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Oxford Brookes University, and two master’s degrees, in Psychology Research and Criminology, at Oxford University. Whilst at Oxford Zoe coxed the university crew, including the 2012 Boat Race.
Zoe joined the Senior GB team for the 2013 season, and coxed the British women’s eight to their first European Championships win and their first Olympic medal in 2016. Since retiring from rowing, Zoe is now studying medicine at Oxford University.
Zoe’s path to success hasn’t been an easy one. She has overcome not only the set backs in her rowing career, but also in her personal life, including a house fire just days before the World Championships and Olympic Qualification regatta in 2015.
Zoe recently underwent a 12 and a half hour operation to remove a brain tumour, but managed to be back on her feet giving a talk to young coxes just a week later. Zoe is an engaging speaking and an inspiring female role model who understands the ability to lead a team at the highest level.