Sarah Winckless MBE (age 47) is a British rower and former star of Team GB. She has a bronze model from the 2004 Athens Olympics and was twice world champion (2005, 2006).
Although she retired in 2009, Sarah remains contributing to sport, she is a Henley Royal Regatta Steward, was UK Chef de Mission for Team England at the Commonwealth Games and serves as an NED on the Board of UKAD.
In 2020, she was the first woman to ever be appointed as a boat race umpire in the Oxford-Cambridge boat race, which was delayed because of Covid-19 but went ahead in April 2021. She works with teams and individuals as a leadership and executive coach.
Huntington’s disease is in Sarah’s family on her mother’s side. Sarah and her family supported her mum as she lived with the disease until she passed away in 2020. During her final year of university, Sarah tested positive for the gene herself whilst her three siblings did not inherit the gene.
Although most people who test positive start showing symptoms between ages 30 and 50, Sarah is now age 47 and is still not displaying any signs of the onset of Huntington’s symptoms. As Patron of the Scottish Huntington’s Association, Sarah avidly campaigns for Huntington’s disease charities.