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Athlete Spotlight: Olympic gold medallist, Kim Brennan

Today, the Athlete Career Transition spotlight shines on former rower and Olympic gold medallist, Kim Brennan.

Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, Kim is now a Management Consultant within Oceania Technology Advisory at professional services multinational, EY.

Kim Brennan

Kim is a sixteen-time national champion, two-time World Champion and three-time Olympian. Along with her rowing partner, Kim won a silver medal in the women’s double sculls and a bronze medal in the women’s single sculls at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Four years later, the versatile athlete reached the pinnacle of her sport when she took gold in the women’s single sculls at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Kim holds a degree in Media and Communications/Law from the University of Melbourne. She is a lawyer, and has won a number of academic prizes and accolades. Kim remains passionate about sports related issues and the Olympic movement, in particular maintaining integrity at the heart of Australia’s sports system.

Kim Brennan said:

"I’ve always been very particular about who I want to work for and work with in regards to sport and sponsors. What I really value about EY is that they have taken a real initiative and they have done something that a lot of other companies haven’t done.

A lot of other companies say that they value gender equality and that they value striving for excellence, but they don’t do anything different and they don’t think outside the box about how athletes can actually make a difference.

That’s what I love, is this forward thinking and taking a little bit of a risk but one that we are so incredibly grateful for. So, I think having that ability to think outside the box is definitely something that has drawn me to EY.

I'm a very active person, having climbed Kilimanjaro during my honeymoon after winning the Olympic Gold medal in Rio 2016 for the women's single sculls rowing! I'm incredibly thankful to work with such a supportive company who encourage me to pursue my passions, have given me the tools I need to become Partner, and also to have two beautiful children along the way!"

Athlete Career Transition Co-Director, Andy Moore said:

“Kim is a remarkably talented individual, proving herself time and again throughout her athletic days. It’s exciting to see her put her experiences and knowledge to good effect in the business domain at EY.

“It was fantastic to work with Kim, and we look forward to her achieving great things in her second career after pro sport.”

Athlete Career Transition works alongside global organisations to successfully transition professional former athletes across all disciplines into the corporate domain.


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