Heather Stanning

by John Max Sun Feb,2017
Heather Stanning
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Personal Info
  • Birth Name Heather Mary Stanning MBE
  • Birth Place Yeovil
  • Famous Name Heather Stanning
  • Father Timothy Stanning
  • Mother Mary Stanning
  • Net Worth N/A
  • Nationality British
  • Ethnicity White
  • Currently Married Yes
  • Married to Jonny Howse
  • Affair with Helen Glover
  • Boyfriend Helen Glover

Heather Mary Stanning better known as Heather Stanning is a British retired rower and a member of the Great Britain Rowing Team. Since 2016, she is ranked # 1 female rower in the world, having won double Olympic champion, double World champion, quadruple World Cup champion, and double European champion.


Currently, she is a British Army officer and holds the rank of Major, in the Royal Artillery. Furthermore, she is married and living a blissful life with her husband. 

Heather Stanning Early Life

Heather Stanning was born on January 26, 1985, in Yeovil, Somerset, England to Timothy Stanning (Father) and Mary Stanning (Mother). Her star sign is Aquarius. Further, she holds a British Nationality and is of Caucasian ethnicity.

His father is Lieutenant Commander whereas her mother served as Royal Navy officers. She has two brothers named Martin Stanning (Black Watch) and Alistair Stanning (Navy Doctor). She grew up alongside her two brothers: Alistair, a Navy doctor and another, Martin, joined the Black Watch. 

She enrolled at Gordonstoun School, where she was appointed head girl in her final year. Further, her school yearbook predicted that she would be the first one to win an Olympic gold medal.
After winning a British Army scholarship, she attended the University of Bath where she majored in sports technology and graduated in 2007. 

At her 21, she started rowing under the Team GB Start Programme.

Heather Stanning Professional Life

Stanning’s journey into the history books began when she joined the GB Rowing Team Start Programme at the University of Bath in 2005. Coached by Paul Stannard, she was picked for the 2007 World U23 Championships and won women’s pair gold with Olivia Whitlam.

After having more triumph on the domestic stage, Stanning made her senior GB Rowing Team debut at the 2009 European Championships as a member of the women’s eight that finished seventh.

Moreover, Stanning started her international partnership with fellow Bath Start graduate Helen the following year and, after making good progress on the world cup journey, the relative unknowns made a major breakthrough when they earned a silver medal at the World Championships in New Zealand.

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One year on and still one of the best days of my life...12 Aug 16 a day I'll never forget. Thank you @helenglovergb and Robin for the amazing memories. Happy Olympicversary!!

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The duo went on to repeat that result at the 2011 World Championships in Bled, having won two world cup gold medals that year, to confirm their status as medal contenders for London 2012.

After winning gold at all three world cup races in 2012, Helen and Heather made history on an unforgettable morning at Eton Dorney as they won Team GB’s first gold of London 2012. Later, the pair was awarded MBEs in the 2013 New Year’s Honours list.

Upon her return to rowing in 2014, illness made Heather miss the European Championships but she continued her partnership with Helen at the second world cup of 2014 in Aigubelette, winning gold.

Not only this, but they retained their World title at the 2015 World Rowing Championships in Lac d'Aiguebelette, France. The following year, Stanning and Helen grasped their European title at Brandenburg an der Havel, and set the World Rowing Cup record time at Poznan.

In November 2016, she announced her retirement from rowing. 

Heather Stanning Personal Life

As Stanning is not open about her love life, she is assumed to be lesbian and dating her rowing partner, Helen. But after, Helen married her longtime boyfriend Steve Backshall, the rumors cooled down.

What's more, on 20th August 2018, she tied the knot with her long-time boyfriend Jonny Howse at Elgin Cathedral, north of Scotland. Her husband, Jonny Howse is also in the British Army. It seems that the duo dated almost three years long before their marriage. 

Analyzing their socials, the lovebird has shared adorable pictures of them.  

As being an athlete, Heather has an outstanding height of 5 feet 11 inch and weighs only 74 kg.

Heather Stanning Net Worth

Currently serving as Royal Artillery, Heather Stanning is assumed to earn no less than six digit figure. Nonetheless, also an Olympics gold medalist and British governments paid over $50 thousand dollars per gold medalist. So, by that, she has earned over $100 thousand dollars as cash rewards. As of 2018, her net worth and salary is under review. 

Her fans can follow her on social networking sites like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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