University of Iowa Athletics

Kat Robbins

Class So.
Hometown Bracknell, England

Before Iowa….1st at Quintin Head in the Junior Women’s 8+…..1st at Hammersmith Head in the Junior Women’s 8+…..3rd at National Schools regatta in the Junior Women’s Champ 8+…..2nd at Henley Women’s Regatta in the Junior Women’s 4x-…. Reached the final in a race vs Tideway Scullers School……GB vs France match in the GB eight vs France in 2017……Qualified for the Diamond Jubilee Cup at Henley Royal Regatta and raced through to the Saturday

Personal…..Born November 25, 2000 in Ascot….Daughter of Elena and Malcolm Robbins…..1 brother(Aleksandr)….Biology major

Why Iowa…. “From when I first started rowing, I had always aspired to girls that were much older than me, that had continued their rowing careers across the pond in America. After my appendicitis last year, I didn’t think it was an option to row in America but with the support of my coach Penny, we were able to make my dream a reality. After my first few conversations with Coach Carter and Garbutt, I knew this was where I wanted to go to continue my rowing and studies.”

My favorite aspect of rowing is…… “My favorite aspect of rowing is definitely the team building and community within rowing. The way that a group builds up trust in each other really drives me to row not just for myself but also for others.”

What made you want to become a rower? How did you get your start in the sport?.….”When I was eight years old and living in Russia, I met Sir Steve Redgrave at an event where he was introducing a rowing club in St. Petersburg for adults. He spoke to me about rowing and acknowledged my height for such a young person. Once I moved back to England, I found Eton Excelsior Rowing club, which is where my rowing started.”