Olympic gold medalist Katherine Grainger has been appointed the new chair of UK Sport.
After winning one gold and four silver medals in five Games, she is Britain’s most decorated female Olympian.
She recently retired from rowing and now takes over as the head of the funding agency for elite sport.
The 41-year-old succeeds Rod Carr after beating out former Paralympic swimmer Marc Woods.
Grainger grew up in Netherley and her family are still based in the North-east.
As well as her five Olympic medals, she also hauled in six World Championship golds.
Grainger quit the sport for two years after her gold medal triumph at the London 2012 Olympics to finish her PhD.
She was recently named a Dame and has been honoured for her charity work.