Sally Kehoe

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Sally Kehoe
Personal information
Born (1986-09-25) 25 September 1986 (age 32)
Toowoomba, Queensland
ResidenceToowoomba, Queensland
Height172 cm (68 in) (2012)
Weight75 kg (165 lb) (2012)
ClubSydney University Women's Rowing Club
Now coachingN/a
Achievements and titles
Olympic finalsBejing 2008 W8+
London 2012 W8+

Sally Kehoe (born 25 September 1986) is an Australian rower who is a national champion, three-time Olympian and a representative at multiple world championships. From 2014 she was a world-record holder in the women's double scull over 2000m.


Kehoe was born on 25 September 1986 in Toowoomba, Queensland.[1] She went to school at Toowoomba Preparatory School before attending high school at St Margaret's Anglican Girls' School in Queensland and going on to study for a Bachelor of Business in Economics from the University of New England from 2006 to 2011.[1] As of 2012, she lives in Toowoomba, Queensland.[1] Kehoe is 172 centimetres (68 in) tall and weighs 75 kilograms (165 lb).[1]

Club and national career[edit]

Kehoe rows from the Sydney University Women's Rowing Club, has competed in single sculls, double sculls, quad sculls and eight events [1][2] and races for Queensland at the national level.

At the Australian Rowing Championships in 2005, 2009, 2011 & 2013 she won the Nell Slater Trophy in the Interstate Women's Single Scull representing Queensland.[3] At that annual Interstate regatta during the twelve-year period from 2005 to 2016, Kehoe was seated in the Queensland eight contesting the Queen's Cup on eight occasions (for seven 2nd places and one 4th) and rowed the single scull for Queensland on seven occasions. On four occasions at the Interstate Regatta she has raced in both the eight and the single scull on the same day.

In 2011, she was prolific at the national level. At the National Regatta within the Australian Rowing Championships on West Lakes, South Australia [1] she finished third in the single scull, first in the double scull, first in the quad scull and third in a first grade composite eight. Then in the Interstate Regatta she won the Nell Slater Trophy in the scull for Queensland and placed second in the Queensland eight in the Queen Elizabeth Cup.

International rowing career[edit]

Kehoe rowed for Australia at the 2006 World Rowing Championships at Eton Dorney in the women's quad, with her crew making the final after beating Germany in the first heat.[4] They took the silver medal behind Great Britain.

Kehoe competed at the 2008 Summer Olympics in the women's eight who finished sixth in the final.[5]

At the 2011 World Rowing Championships in Bled, Slovenia Kehoe rowed in the Australian quad who finished fourth.[1] That same year at the 2011 World Cup III in Lucerne, Switzerland she rowed in an Australian quad who finished fifth.[1]

She rowed in the Australian eight who finished fifth at the 2012 World Cup II in Munich, Germany and fourth in the same event at the 2012 Rowing World Cup III in Lucerne, Switzerland.[1][2] As a member of the VIII over a 2000-metre course that crew set a time of 6 minutes 12.36 seconds over the 2000 metre course qualifying them for the 2012 Olympics.[2] She was then selected to represent Australia at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the VIII.[6][7][8] She earned selection in the boat after a battle between ten women for the eight spots.[9] Rowers in the eight boat nicknamed their team the "Motley Crew".[7] She was seated at seven in the eight's Olympic campaign at 2012 London – the crew were disappointed with their 6th-place finish.[10]

At the 2014 World Rowing Championships in Amsterdam Kehoe raced in Australia's double scull with Olympia Aldersey. They finished third in the final and won the bronze medal. During the preliminary racing Kehoe and Aldersey set a world-record time for 2000m of 6:37.31 This record has stood since.

Following her 2nd place behind Kim Crow in the interstate sculling title at the 2016 Australian Rowing Championships, Kehoe and Olympia Aldersey took a double scull to the 2015 World Rowing Championships at Lac d'Aiguebelette, Aiguebelette in France. In 2016 with Aldersey changed-out for Genevieve Horton from the Mosman Rowing Club, the double qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics. Kehoe and Horton were eliminated at the semi-final stage and ultimately raced in a B final.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "London 2012 – Sally Kehoe". Australia: Australian Olympic Committee. 25 September 1986. Retrieved 9 July 2012.
  2. ^ a b c Broadstock, Amelia (25 June 2012). "Blackwood rower books spot in Games — Local News — News — Mitcham & Hills Messenger". Retrieved 10 July 2012.
  3. ^ Aust Champion
  4. ^ "Seven Australian crews advance to finals — Sport". 22 August 2006. Retrieved 10 July 2012.
  5. ^ "Sally Kehoe Bio, Stats, and Results". Olympics at Retrieved 30 April 2016.
  6. ^ "London 2012 – Athlete Search". Australia: Australian Olympic Committee. Retrieved 9 July 2012.
  7. ^ a b "Australia name 46-strong rowing squad hoping to claim "avalanche of medals" at London 2012 | Rowing". 26 June 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2012.
  8. ^ "Olympic rowing team named — ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)". 22 June 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2012.
  9. ^ "Stanley in 10-strong women's eight squad | Geelong, VIC, Australia". 2 April 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2012.
  10. ^ "London 2012 – Rowing – Women's Eight". IOC. Retrieved 9 January 2015.