Kim Brennan

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Kim Brennan
Medal record
Women's rowing
Competitor for  Australia
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 2012 London Double sculls
Bronze medal – third place 2012 London Single sculls
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2013 Chungju Single sculls
Gold medal – first place 2015 Aiguebelette Single sculls
Silver medal – second place 2010 Karapiro Double sculls
Silver medal – second place 2011 Bled Double sculls
Silver medal – second place 2014 Amsterdam Single sculls
Bronze medal – third place 2006 Eton Eights
Women's athletics
World Youth Championships
Silver medal – second place 2001 Debrecen 400 m hurdles

Kim Brennan (née Crow ;born 9 August 1985 in Melbourne) is an Australian World Champion, Olympian and Olympic medal winning rower.


Crow was born on 9 August 1985 in Melbourne. Her father Max Crow was a Victorian Football League footballer between 1974 to 1986.[1] She is a qualified lawyer and has been a regular columnist for The Age.[1] She married Beijing Olympic double sculls gold medallist Scott Brennan in Hobart, Tasmania on 30 December 2015 and became known as Kim Brennan.[2]

Athletics career[edit]

Crow was a 400 m hurdler and she won the silver medal at the 2001 World Youth Championships in Athletics. She won the Australian junior title at the Australian Athletics Championships for the seasons 2001-2002 and 2003-2004. At the 2003-2004 Australian Athletics Championships, she finished fourth in the Senior final behind Jana Pittman and was the ranked the second Australian.[3]

Rowing career[edit]

In 2005, Crow took up rowing after a leg injury ended her hurdling career.[1] Crow is a member of the Melbourne University Boat Club in Melbourne and represents for Victoria at the national level. At the Australian Rowing Championships in 2012 and 2015 she won the Nell Slater Trophy in the Interstate Women's Single Scull representing Victoria.[4] During the Victorian Women's VIII's eleven year consecutive victory run from 2005 to 2015, Crow was seated in the boat on seven occasions for seven Queen's Cup victories up till 2015.

Olympic Games[edit]

Crow with her partner Sarah Cook finished fourth in the Women's Pair B-Final at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.[5] At the 2012 London Olympic Games, Crow won a silver medal in the Women's Double Sculls (with Brooke Pratley) and a bronze medal in the Women's Single Sculls.[5] At the 2015 world rowing championships Crow qualified the Single scull for Australia to race at Rio in 2016.

World Championships[edit]

Crow was a member of the Australian Women's Eight that won the bronze medal at the 2006 World Rowing Championships.[6] She teamed with Kerry Hole to win silver medals in the Women's Double Sculls at the 2010 and 2011 World Rowing Championships.[6] At the 2013 World Rowing Championships in Chungju, Crow won gold in the single scull taking a lead from the 300 m mark and holding it to the line. In the same event at the 2014 World Rowing Championships in Amsterdam, Crow took silver behind New Zealand's Emma Twigg. Crow became a dual World Champion by winning gold at the 2015 World Rowing Championships in Aiguebelette.[7] by defeating 2012 Summer Olympics champion Mirka Knapkova.

In 2015, she is coached by Lyall McCarthy at Rowing Australia's Centre of Excellence in Canberra.[8] She is Chair of the Australian Olympic Committee's (AOC) Athletes Commission and a full voting member on the AOC Board.[9]


  1. ^ a b c "Champion in a hurry: Kim Crow". Australian Sports Commission website. Retrieved 6 September 2015. 
  2. ^ Jeffrey, Nicole (5 January 2016). "New name for rower Kim Crow doesn’t change her quest for gold". The Australian. Retrieved 5 January 2016. 
  3. ^ "Kim Crow". Athletics Australia results. Retrieved 7 September 2015. 
  4. ^ Aust Champion
  5. ^ a b "Kim Crow results". Sport Reference - Olympics. Retrieved 7 September 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "Kim Crow results". World Rowing website. Retrieved 7 September 2015. 
  7. ^ "Kim Crow regains single sculls world title". SBS News. 7 September 2015. Retrieved 6 September 2015. 
  8. ^ "Kim Crow". Rowing Australia website. Retrieved 6 September 2015. 
  9. ^ Halloran, Jessica (13 September 2015). "Kim Crow chasing rowing perfection as she prepares for Rio Olympic Games". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 13 September 2015. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Alicia Coutts
and Tom Slingsby
Australian Institute of Sport Athlete of the Year
(with Caroline Buchanan)
Succeeded by
Jessica Fox