Kim Brennan will be looking to add Olympic gold to her collection, as she makes her third Games appearance at Rio, rowing in the women’s single sculls. A stellar 2015 season has put the Victorian in a strong position heading into the South American Games after she claimed her second single sculls World Championship title (the first being in 2014) and gold at both Rowing World Cups II & III.
A promising athlete, Brennan finished second to fellow Olympian Jana Pittman in the 400m hurdles at the Australian Athletics Championship, but before injury forced the Victorian to give up on Olympic Athletics aspirations. Through the Victorian Institute of Sport Talen Transfer program, Brennan took up rowing in 2005 and hasn’t looked back since.
In 2007, Brennan joined Sarah Cook in the women’s pair and the two showed great potential claiming gold and bronze medals at the 2007 World Cups and finished a respectable fourth at the World Championships. They were selected in the women’s pair at the Beijing Olympic Games and placed 10th.
At the London Games, Brennan made history when she competed in two separate Rowing events at the one Olympics. Partnered with Brooke Pratley, the duo brought home a silver medal in the women’s double sculls, before Brennan went on to claim a bronze in the single sculls. On top of a successful Olympic campaign, London 2012 was also where Brennan met her future husband, 2008 gold medallist, Scott Brennan
Off the water, Brennan is a chairs the Australia Olympic Committee’s Athletes’ Commission and is a practising lawyer. Brennan's father, Max Crow, played over 200 AFL/VFL Games for Essendon, St Kilda, and Footscray.
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Single Scull Women
Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Canberra, ACT, Australia
- 2012 London- 2nd (double sculls); 3rd (single sculls) 2008 Beijing- 10th (pair)
- 1st – (W1x) 2015 World Rowing Championships (Aiguebelette, France)
- 1st - (W1x) 2015 World Rowing Cup III (Lucerne, Switzerland)
- 1st - (W1x) 2015 World Rowing Cup II (Varese, Italy)
- 2nd - (W1x) 2014 World Rowing Championships (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
- 2nd (W1x) 2014 Lucerne World Cup (Lucerne, Switzerland)
- Silver and bronze medals at 2012 Olympics
- World Champion, single sculls, 2013 and 2015
- Silver medal, 400m hurdles, World Youth Championships 2001
- Templestowe Heights Primary School (VIC, Australia)
- Ruyton Girls' School (VIC, Australia)
- Bachelor of Media and Communications/ Bachelor of Laws (Honours)- University of Melbourne 2004-2012; Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice- Australian National University 2010
Lyall McCarthy 2006-current
Melbourne University Boat Club, Victoria, Australia
Primary Training Base
Reinhold Batschi National Training Centre, Canberra
Secondary Training Base
AIS European Training Centre, Gavirate
- Favourite food
- Favourite holiday destination
- Bicheno, Tasmania
- Favourite music
- 80s rock
- Dream car
- Volkswagen Amarok
- Personal Motto
- Be the best I can be- as an athlete, wife, daughter, friend and employee.
- Star Sign
- I would spend my last $10 on
- A muffin and coffee
- If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
- Most Inspiring Olympic Performance?
- Scott Brennan and David Crawshay winning gold, Beijing 2008; Cathy Freeman 2000
- First Olympic Memory?
- The flame being lit in Barcelona
- Most Influential person in your career/life
- Husband Scott Brennan; Parents Sue and Max Crow
- Why this sport?
- The joy of being out on the water and the wonderful community