Debbie Flood is a two-time Olympic silver medalist in the rowing quadruple scull for Great Britain. She is also a three-time world champion in rowing. Before taking up rowing, Flood was a Great Britain junior judo international and a county level 1500 metres and cross country runner, as well as a shot-putter.
In partnership with television personality Lizzie Webb, Flood runs Creativity in Sport, a community interest organization giving youth with emotional and behavioral difficulties an opportunity to study positive life skills curriculum and work toward fitness teaching qualification. Creativity in Sport has partnered with more than 50 schools and created job opportunities for many participants.
As she visited schools and spoke to students following her success at the Athens Olympics, Flood discovered a passion for working with children. She began mentoring children who had fallen behind academically. Eventually this led to a desire to work at a young offenders’ institution. In 2009, following the Beijing Olympics, she took a year off from rowing to qualify as a prison officer.
Flood is the rowing representative for Christians in Sport and is outspoken about her Christian faith.
Photo courtesy of Intersport Images/GB Rowing Team.