At the ceremony, which took place as part of the University’s summer graduation celebrations at Bath’s Theatre Royal, Major Stanning’s many achievements both as a decorated athlete and from a career in the British Army were recognised.
A graduate from the University in Sports Technology, under a British Army Scholarship, it was at Bath where Heather first began rowing for the University Boat Club in 2004. It was here also where Heather first struck up a rowing partnership with Helen Glover and they went on to win women’s pair gold at both London 2012 and Rio 2016, as well as a host of World and European titles.
She said: “It goes without saying really, that it’s a huge honour to be recognised in this way from the University of Bath. I have such fond memories of my time and experiences here, and clearly it was the start of my journey to two Olympic Games.”
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