|Height||177 cm (70 in) (2012)|
|Weight||70 kg (150 lb) (2012)|
|Club||Mosman Rowing Club|
|Achievements and titles|
Nicknamed Ames, Clay was born on 14 December 1977 in the United States. She spent twelve years involved with gymnastics. She completed her early schooling in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and attended Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, where she earned a Bachelor of English in 2001. Within two years of finishing her degree, she moved to Australia. As of 2012[update], she lives in Sydney.
Clay is a rower competing in single, double and quadruple scull events. She started rowing in 1997 while living in Portland, Oregon while a freshman at Lewis & Clark College. As a member of the university team, she was coached by Hilary Gehman. She is a member of the Mosman Rowing Club, having joined the club in 2003. She is coached by Nick Garratt, who has been her coach since moving to Australia.
In 2011, Clay was named the NSW Oarswoman of the Year. That year, she did not have a scholarship with the Australian Institute of Sport in rowing and had to work rowing into a schedule involving working full-time. She finished 4th in the quad event at the 2011 World Championships in Bled, Slovenia. She finished 5th in the quad event at the 2011 World Cup #3 in Lucerne, Switzerland. She finished 6th in the single event at the 2011 Australian Rowing Championships in West Lakes, South Australia. She finished 5th in the double event at the 2011 Australian Rowing Championships in West Lakes, South Australia. She finished 2nd in the quad event at the 2011 Australian Rowing Championships in West Lakes, South Australia.
Clay finished 5th in the quad event at the 2012 World Cup 3 in Munich, Germany. She finished 6th in the quad event at the 2012 World Cup 2 in Lucerne, Switzerland. She was selected to represent Australia at the 2012 Summer Olympics in rowing in the quadruple scull. Initially listed as a reserve, she replaced Pippa Savage who had been previously named to the boat but was removed because of "incompatibility issues" with the rest of the crew. Prior to going to London, she participated in a training camp at the Australian Institute of Sport European Training Centre in Varese, Italy. The Australian quadruple sculls team finished in 4th place.
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