An outstanding youth athlete, Kim Brennan (nee Crow) had to cope with the burden of quitting her chosen sport of athletics (she was a World Youth silver medallist in the 400m hurdles) as the result of a career debilitating foot injury. In learning about herself through this disappointment, she channelled her determination into recovery and then into her new sport of rowing.
Kim won herself a seat in the Australian women’s eight within eight months of starting rowing, and went on to win a World Championships bronze medal that year. She has since raced internationally in all Olympic boat classes, culminating in an Olympic gold medal at the 2016 Rio Games. Four years earlier she won a silver and bronze medal in the double and single sculls respectively at London 2012. She was the only rower from any country to attempt two rowing events at the London Olympics.
Kim has been crowned World Champion in the single scull in 2013 and 2015 and was voted world female rower of the year in 2013.
Throughout her dedicated and arduous training regime, Kim has maintained her study and career, achieving a perfect score of 99.95 in her VCE and graduating from her Melbourne University Media and Communications / Law degree with first class honours (and awarded the prize as top female graduate). In 2009 she interned at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland and in 2012 she was elected chair of the Australian Olympic Committee Athletes’ Commission. She currently fills the deputy Chair role, and also sits on the AIS Ethics Committee, the AOC Selection Committee and the Rowing Australia Athletes’ Commission.
While rowing, she worked as a lawyer both in private practice where she specialised in Intellectual Property Law, Commercial Law and Sports Law and then as in-house counsel at Basketball ACT. Recruited by Ernst and Young in 2016, Kim now works as a Management Consultant.
Kim is involved with various charity initiatives including the Good Sports Program, the Reach for Nepal Foundation and the Kafue River and Rowing Centre in Zambia.
Outside of rowing her hobbies include playing with her dog Ernie and going out for coffee with her husband Scott.