• Phil Packer

Great Britain rower, Melissa Wilson, joins our BRIT Ambassador family & champions the BRIT Challenge

We are delighted that Melissa has joined our BRIT Ambassador family.


Melissa is a World U23 medallist and was a finalist at the 2017 and 2018 World Rowing Championships. She hopes to make a mark on the senior international stage during the Tokyo Olympiad.

Melissa Wilson - Great Britain rower and BRIT Ambassador

Melissa took up the sport at the University of Cambridge and was stroke of the victorious Cambridge blue boat for the 2017 Women's Boat race.


Melissa is championing our BRIT 2021 Challenge to supporting improve young adult mental health throughout the UK. We have invited every college at the University of Cambridge to embrace the BRIT 2021 Challenge, enter teams and encourage their students and staff to take part. It would be fantastic all 31 colleges take on the challenge to support and improve young adult mental health and fitness.


“Every UK university and college are invited to enter teams in the BRIT 2021 Challenge and complete 2,021miles with students and staff adding to their team total by walking, jogging, running, cycling, hand-cycling, wheelchair pushing, swimming, paddling or rowing. The Challenge is designed to be flexible so students can participate safely; on campus or at home.


British Sporting Icons throughout the UK are being asked to support one of the 450 UK universities and colleges, as BRIT Ambassadors, during the BRIT 2021 Challenge. As visits to universities and colleges are not possible due to COVID-19, Sporting Icons can still champion the BRIT 2021 Challenge, and inspire students to take part, through Social Media activity, video messages and quotes of support.


I encourage every current and former Olympic and Paralympic Rower to join me as a BRIT Ambassador at their former university or college, or one that is local to them. Together we can encourage more students to take part in the BRIT 2021 Challenge and champion rowing as one of the ways to participate”.


Melissa Wilson

GB Rowing Squad and Cambridge University Alumna


Melissa won silver and bronze medals at the 2014 and 2015 World Rowing U23 Championships, and finished seventh in the single sculls at the FISU World University Rowing Championships in 2016.


She made her senior debut in 2017 at the World Cup in Lucerne, racing to sixth in the women’s four. She then went on to race with Cambridge teammate Holly Hill in the women’s pair at the World Rowing Championships in Sarasota-Bradenton, finishing fourth.


In 2018, Melissa came fifth in the women’s quad at the World Rowing Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.