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Kimberley Jean "Kim" Brennan AM [1](née Crow; born 9 August 1985) is a retired Australian rower. She is a sixteen-time national champion, two-time World Champion, three-time Olympian and Olympic gold medallist.

Kim Brennan
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Personal information
Birth nameKimberley Jean Crow
Full nameKimberley Jean Brennan
Born9 August 1985 (1985-08-09) (age 34)
Melbourne, Australia
Height188 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight75 kg (165 lb)



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.[2] She is a qualified lawyer and has been a regular columnist for The Age.[2] She married Beijing Olympic double sculls gold medallist Scott Brennan in Hobart, Tasmania on 30 December 2015 and became known as Kim Brennan.[3] The couple has a son, Jude, born in 2018.[4][5]

Athletics careerEdit

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.[6]

Rowing careerEdit

In 2005, Crow took up rowing after a leg injury ended her hurdling career.[2] Crow rows from the Melbourne University Boat Club in Melbourne and represents 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.[7] During the Victorian women's eights' 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 eight and the single scull on the same day, winning both titles on three occasions. She was coached by Lyall McCarthy at Rowing Australia's Centre of Excellence in Canberra.[8]

In Melbourne University Boat Club colours she contested the Australian national single sculls title at the Australian Rowing Championships five times from 2010 to 2014. She won that championship from 2011 to 2014.[9]

Olympic GamesEdit

Crow with her partner Sarah Cook finished fourth in the women's coxless pair B-Final at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.[10] 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.[10] 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.

In May 2019, Brennan was announced as Australia's joint Deputy Chef de Mission[11], alongside fellow Olympians, Susie O'Neill and Evelyn Halls for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

World ChampionshipsEdit

Crow was in the seven seat of Australian women's eight that won the bronze medal at the 2006 World Rowing Championships.[12] She teamed with Kerry Hore to win silver medals in the Women's double scull at the 2010 and 2011 World Rowing Championships.[12] 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 when she won gold in the single scull at the 2015 World Rowing Championships in Aiguebelette,[13] defeating 2012 Summer Olympics champion Miroslava Knapková.

On 3 November 2018, Brennan officially announced her retirement from rowing at the Rowing Australia annual awards. She stated “While I’ve known within myself for some time that I am happy to leave my competitive rowing career behind me, the arrival of Jude has put the decision beyond any doubt. I’m loving every minute with him, and, on a personal level, I can’t imagine now being able to give the time and energy necessary to be successful in rowing at the top level".[14] Rowing Australia President Rowing Australia President, Rob Scott said, “Kim has been an integral member of Australia's rowing team for over 10 years while also being a fantastic role model within the Australian Rowing Team and the broader Australian sporting community. Her performances on the world stage speak for themselves, but I am sure that one her proudest moments in the green and gold are when she won her Olympic gold medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.[14]


Brennan announced her retirement from rowing in November 2018, after the birth of her son. She stated she still wants to be involved in rowing and the Olympic movement long into the future.[5]

Other appointmentsEdit

She is Chair of the Australian Olympic Committee's (AOC) Athletes Commission and a full voting member on the AOC Board.[15]


  • 2010 & 2011 – Rowing Australia Awards – Female Athlete of the Year with Kerry Hore [16]
  • 2012 & 2013 – Rowing Australia Awards – Female Athlete of the Year [16]
  • 2012, 2013 & 2016 – Victorian Female Athlete of the Year [17]
  • 2013 & 2016 – AIS Sport Performance Awards – Female Athlete of the Year [18]
  • 2013 – International Rowing Federation – Female Athlete of the Year [19]
  • 2013 – Australian Women's Health Prime Minister's Women in Sport Award[20]
  • 2016 – ACT Sports Awards – Female Athlete of the Year [21]
  • 2016 – Women's Health I Support Women in Sport (ISWIS) Awards – Sportswoman Of The Year[22]
  • 2017 – Member of the Order of Australia – for significant service to rowing, to the welfare of elite athletes, to sport as a gold medallist at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, and to the community.[23][24]
  • 2018 — named as one of The Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence in the Arts, Culture and Sport category[25]


  1. ^ "Olympians awarded top Australia Day Honours". Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "Champion in a hurry: Kim Crow". Australian Sports Commission website. Retrieved 6 September 2015.
  3. ^ Jeffrey, Nicole (5 January 2016). "New name for rower Kim Crow doesn't change her quest for gold". The Australian. Retrieved 5 January 2016.
  4. ^ Dutton, Chris (14 September 2018). "Olympic champion rower Kim Brennan nominated as woman of influence". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 16 September 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Kim Brennan Retires From International Rowing - Row360". Row360. 5 November 2018. Retrieved 26 November 2018.
  6. ^ "Kim Crow". Athletics Australia results. Retrieved 7 September 2015.
  7. ^ Aust Champion
  8. ^ "Kim Crow". Rowing Australia website. Retrieved 6 September 2015.
  9. ^ Austn W1X Cships History at Guerin Foster
  10. ^ a b "Kim Crow results". Sport Reference – Olympics. Retrieved 7 September 2015.
  11. ^ "Key appointments to leadership teams for Tokyo 2020 announced". Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  12. ^ a b "Kim Crow results". World Rowing website. Retrieved 7 September 2015.
  13. ^ "Kim Crow regains single sculls world title". SBS News. 7 September 2015. Retrieved 6 September 2015.
  14. ^ a b "Rio 2016 Olympic gold medallist to focus on career and family". Rowing Australia website. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
  15. ^ Halloran, Jessica (13 September 2015). "Kim Crow chasing rowing perfection as she prepares for Rio Olympic Games". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 13 September 2015.
  16. ^ a b "Rower of the Year Awards". Rowing Australia website. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
  17. ^ "Victorian Female Athlete of the Year". Vicsport website. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
  18. ^ "Chalmers claims two AIS awards to complete fairy tale year". Australian Sports Commission website. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
  19. ^ "Kim Crow named best female rower at 2013 World Rowing Awards". ABC News. 8 November 2013. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
  20. ^ "WOMen's HEALTH 'I SUPPORT WOMEN IN SPORT' AWARDS" (PDF). Womensport NSW. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
  21. ^ 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.
  22. ^ Ellis, Alice. "Kim Brennan Named ISWIS Sportswoman Of The Year". Australian Women's Health. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
  23. ^ Lulham, Amanda (26 January 2017). "Rio Olympic women dominate Australia Day honours list". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  24. ^ "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.
  25. ^ Patten, Sally (17 October 2018). "Women of Influence 2018 winner fights for recognition of Indigenous Australians". Australian Financial Review. Retrieved 18 October 2018.

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