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Kim Brennan named Women’s Health Sportswoman of the Year

Kim Brennan was last night named the 2016 Women’s Health Sportswoman of the Year. Brennan received the award after an outstanding year that saw her crowned Olympic champion in the Women’s Single Sculls at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Brennan, who was nominated alongside Chloe Esposito, Emma Mckeon, Jessica Gallagher and Michelle Payne, was unable to attend the function, which was held in Sydney, but instead sent a thank you acceptance speech from her honeymoon in Africa.

“Thank you so much for such a special honour, I would have loved to have been there this evening. It is a night celebrating something I’m really passionate about, which is women in sport. I really hope that the day will come that we don’t need a special event to celebrate women in sport, that we can celebrate sport as it is much the plain of women as it is men.

“I would also like to congratulate the other nominees, the other winners tonight. One of the thngs I love most about sport are the enduring friendships that are made and I really would have loved to have celebrated with all of you tonight. So many of you have inspired me, probably without even realising it.

“I would also like to thank the team around me, this award is so special to me, mainly because I am so incredibly proud of the team around me. Thank you to my coach, Lyall McCarthy, my husband Scott Brennan, my family, my friends, the Australian Government and all my other supporters, you’re the people that make this so worthwhile.”