Date: 15 June 2017
Venue: National Arboretum
Dinner Speaker: Kimberley "Kim" Brennan AM
Australian World Champion, Olympian and Olympic Gold Medal winning rower.
Cost: $100. Partner: $100.
Coach transfer to dinner venue will be arranged.
Departing hyatt at 6.30pm
Kim Brennan AM (nee Crow) is an Olympic Gold medallist in rowing and a Manager in EY’s Technology Advisory Practice. An outstanding youth athlete, Kim 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 in Technology & People Advisory Services.
While rowing, Kim was involved with various charity initiatives including the Good Sports Program, the Reach for Nepal Foundation and the Kafue River and Rowing Centre in Zambia. She was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in 2017.