Katherine Grainger yet to make decision over Rio 2016 Olympics

Rower Katherine Grainger is determined not to let her heart rule her head when deciding whether to defend her title at Rio 2016

Katherine Grainger is determined not to let her heart rule her head when deciding whether to defend her Olympic title at Rio 2016.

Rower Grainger, who memorably won her first gold medal on the waters of Eton Dorney at London 2012 following three silvers previously, is yet to reach a decision on retirement.

The Glasgow-born 37-year-old claimed gold with Anna Watkins in the double sculls and has refused to confirm she will be around to defend the title at the next Olympic Games.

Speaking at the launch of this years Bank of Scotland Local Heroes scheme, for which she is an ambassador, Grainger admitted she remains unsure.

“It is an incredibly special thing to be a part of elite sport,” she said.

“As an athlete you have such high standards for yourself that if you get to the point where you think you are not going to keep meeting them, or the hunger isn’t there, or there are injuries – lots of different reasons come into it.

“I think if you know when that time is right, that is really good as an athlete, the hard part is the agonising.”

As part of Bank of Scotland’s London 2012 legacy, Bank of Scotland Local Heroes, in partnership with SportsAid, will provide support and funding to 82 emerging Scottish athletes in 2013. Over 220 Local Heroes have benefited from the programme since 2008. Follow Scotland’s future stars at facebook.com/bankofscotlandlocalheroes

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