Kim Brennan wins Thomas Keller Medal at World Rowing awards

Kim Brennan officially retired from rowing last year after winning gold at the Rio Games. Picture: Ben Rushton
Kim Brennan officially retired from rowing last year after winning gold at the Rio Games. Picture: Ben Rushton

Olympic Games champion Kim Brennan has won the most prestigious prize in international rowing, adding the Thomas Keller Medal to her trophy cabinet a year after retiring.

Brennan was honoured at an awards function in London on Saturday, capping her remarkable career and drawing a line under her career as an athlete.

The Rio gold-medal winner officially retired 12 months ago, but will be the Australian team deputy chef de mission for the Tokyo 2020 Games.

But World Rowing had one final surprise for Brennan, presenting her with the award which recognises "an exceptional rowing career and exemplary sportsmanship".

Brennan was the first Australian to win the prize since Drew Ginn five years ago.

She won single sculls gold at Rio, and silver (double sculls) and bronze (single sculls) at the London Olympics. She is also a two-time world champion.

"I've been transitioning to life off the water and it's actually the realisation that there's a joy of watching your peers and teammates become the best they can," Brennan said.

"Even though my career as an athlete might be over, my life in rowing isn't over. I think it's the nature of the sport - it's very much about service. For me, this is what this medal is about."

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