ATHLETE OF THE MONTH
Kim Brennan (nee Crow) started rowing in 2005 throughout the University Games and Victorian Institute of Sport Talent Transfer program. Before rowing she had finished second to Jana Pittman in the 400m hurdles at the Australian Athletics Championships before injury halted her promising athletics career.
She combined with Sarah Cook in the women’s pair in 2007 and they showed great potential, winning gold and bronze medals at the 2007 World Cups and finishing fourth at the World Championships. They were selected in the women’s pair at the Beijing Olympic Games and placed 10th.
At the London 2012 Olympics, Brennan achieved a rare feat of competing in two separate events at the same Games – and winning medals in both. Alongside Brooke Pratley in the double sculls she won silver and then went on to take bronze in the single sculls.
From 2013, Brennan turned her focus solely to the Women’s Single Scull, where she consistently performed to the highest level in the boat class across World Rowing Cups and Championships. In 2013 and 2015 she won golds at World Rowing Cups 2 and 3 and the World Rowing Championships. In 2016, she represented Australia at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games where she claimed gold in the Women’s Single Scull. Brennan’s gold was the country’s first Olympic gold medal in eight years (the last was won by her husband, Scott, in the Men’s Double Scull with David Crawshay in 2008). It was Australia’s first female rowing gold medal in 20 years and the country’s first in the Women’s Single Scull.
Outside of rowing, Crow is a lawyer and sits on the Australian Olympic Committee’s Athletes’ Commission and the Rowing Australia Athletes; Commission. Currently she is working at Ernst and Young as she contemplates her rowing career post-Rio. Crow’s father Max played over 200 AFL/VFL Games for Essendon, St Kilda, and Footscray.