Kim Brennan

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Kim Brennan
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Personal information
Birth name Kimberley Crow
Full name Kimberley Brennan
Born 9 August 1985 (1985-08-09) (age 31)
Melbourne, Australia
Height 188 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 75 kg (165 lb)

Kimberley "Kim" Brennan AM (née Crow; born 9 August 1985) is an Australian World Champion, Olympian and Olympic Gold Medal winning rower.


Crow was born in Melbourne and went to school at Templestowe Heights Primary School from prep to year 4 then Ruyton Girls' School from year 5. Her father Max Crow was a Victorian Football League footballer between 1974 and 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, 2015 & 2016 she won the Nell Slater Trophy in the Interstate Women's Single Scull representing Victoria.[4] During the Victorian Women's VIII's twelve year consecutive victory run from 2005 to 2016, Crow was seated in the boat on nine occasions for nine Queen's Cup victories up till 2016. On five occasions at the Interstate Regatta she has raced in both the VIII and the single scull on the same day, winning both titles on three occasions.

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 2016. At those 2016 Summer Olympics, Brennan won the Women's Single scull and took the gold medal, leading the race from start to finish.

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 Hore 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] defeating 2012 Summer Olympics champion Miroslava Knapková.

She was 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. 
  10. ^ a b c d "Rower of the Year Awards". Rowing Australia website. Retrieved 14 December 2016. 
  11. ^ a b "Victorian Female Athlete of the Year". Vicsport website. Retrieved 14 December 2016. 
  12. ^ "Kim Crow named best female rower at 2013 World Rowing Awards". ABC News. 8 November 2013. Retrieved 14 December 2016. 
  13. ^ "WOMEN'S HEALTH 'I SUPPORT WOMEN IN SPORT' AWARDS" (PDF). Womensport NSW. Retrieved 14 December 2016. 
  14. ^ "Chalmers claims two AIS awards to complete fairy tale year". Australian Sports Commission website. Retrieved 14 December 2016. 
  15. ^ Dutton, Chris (9 December 2016). "Rio Olympic Games golden girl Kim Brennan and NBA star Patty Mills win ACT sport awards". Canberra Times. Retrieved 14 December 2016. 
  16. ^ Ellis, Alice. "Kim Brennan Named ISWIS Sportswoman Of The Year". Australian Women's Health. Retrieved 14 December 2016. 
  17. ^ Lulham, Amanda (26 January 2017). "Rio Olympic women dominate Australia Day honours list". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 26 January 2017. 
  18. ^ "Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia (A-L)" (PDF). 2017 Australia Day Honours List. Office of the Governor-General of Australia. 26 January 2017. Retrieved 26 January 2017. 

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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