Kim Brennan (nee Crow) has brought to life the saying ‘if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again’. That she did and the result was Gold for Kim and Gold for Australia in Rio.
Kim’s story is inspirational. Her work ethic is second to none both in sport and business. Currently Kim is a Manager in the Performance Improvement- Technology practice of Ernst & Young. Joining the EY team in November 2016, Kim brings a broad range of knowledge from her experience as an elite rower and a lawyer.
Kim’s story and her sporting experiences make her an ideal role model and she takes great delight in using her experiences in sport and business to help others in business, sport and life succeed.
Kim currently fills the deputy Chair role at the Australian Olympic Athletes Commission, has been appointed Chef de Mission for the Australian Youth Olympic Team competing in Argentina in 2018 and also sits on the AIS Ethics Committee, the AOC Selection Committee and the Rowing Australia Athletes’ Commission.
Sport: Born in Melbourne and the daughter of a VFL Footballer, Kim was raised into a very sporty Family. She commenced her elite sporting career as a track and field athlete. She finished second at the World Youth Championships before injury forced the Victorian to give up on Olympic Athletics aspirations. Not to be thwarted, Kim took up rowing in 2005 and hasn’t looked back.
Medals: She made her first Australian team within 8 months of starting rowing, and won a bronze medal in the women’s eight at the World Championships that year. In 2007, Kim 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, Kim made history when she competed in two separate Rowing events at the Olympics. Partnered with Brooke Pratley, the duo brought home a silver medal in the women’s double sculls, before Kim went on to claim a bronze in the single sculls.
Personal life: Kim married 2008 rowing gold medallist, Scott Brennan, in Hobart in 2015.
Gold: Kim Brennan finally added gold to her collection when she claimed the top spot on the dais at the Rio 2016 Games, rowing in the women’s single sculls. The Olympic Champion had a stellar 2015 season heading into her third Olympic campaign. She had claimed her second single sculls World Championship title (the first being in 2013) and gold at both Rowing World Cups II & III.
2016 was a big year for Kim. She was awarded the Gina Rinehart Award for Leadership, the Australian Female Sportsperson of the Year, the Rowers’ Rower of the Year, the Female Rower of the Year, the ACT Sportsperson of the Year, the Victorian Sportsperson of the Year, the Women’s Health Sportsperson of the Year and the flag bearer at the Closing Ceremony of the Rio Olympic Games.
Chair: When not training and competing Kim kept busy. She chaired the Australian Olympic Committee Athletes’ Commission from 2012-16 and completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors course in September 2015.
Education: She graduated from her Media and Communications/ Law Degree at Melbourne University with first class honours and was ranked top female in her graduating class (second overall). She achieved a perfect score of 99.95 in her year 12 school results.
Awards: Kim Brennan was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in 2017.