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Olympic Information

  • 2008 Beijing - 6th (eight)
  • 2004 Athens - 6th (eight)

Recent Performances

  • 4th (pair) - 2012 World Cup 2 (Lucerne, Switzerland)
  • 3rd (pair) - 2011 World Championships (Bled, Slovenia)
  • 7th (pair) - 2011 World Cup 3 (Lucerne, Switzerland)
  • 1st (pair) - 2011 Australian Rowing Championships (West Lakes, Australia)
  • 2nd (eight) - 2011 Australian Rowing Championships (West Lakes, Australia)

Career Highlights

  • Returning to international competition in 2010 after having a year off and having a baby after the 2008 Olympic Games. Finishing 4th in the Women's Pair at the World Championships that year.
  • Winning a silver (pair) and gold (eight) medal at the World Championships in 2005.
  • Winning the gold medal at the Under 23 Women's Double at the World Championships in 2003.

Interesting Facts

  • Sarah Tait (nee Outhwaite) began rowing when she was 14 at school and became serious about the sport at 17 when she made the Australian junior team. She competed at the 2001 Sydney Youth Olympic Festival, where she won gold in the eight and the bronze in the double scull.
  • Tait would go on to make her Olympic debut in 2004 when she competed with the women's eight that claimed 6th place. The eight went on to win gold at the 2005 World Championships where Tait also won silver in the women's pair.
  • After just missing out on a medal at the 2007 World Championships in the eight, Tait was a member of the team that competed at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and came 6th.
  • Following the Beijing Games Tait had her first child, daughter Leila, and then had a year off before returning to international competition in 2010. She began building for London, finishing 4th in the Women's Pair at the World Championships that year. She would go on to claim bronze at the 2011 World Rowing Championships with partner Kate Hornsey.
  • Sarah Tait met her husband Bill on the Australian rowing team in 2005 and the two married in 2007 - he is also her coach. Tait will make history in London when she becomes one of the first Australian mothers to row at an Olympics. Her history-making moment will be shared with London teammates Dana Falatic and Hannah Every-Hall.


Years on national team



Bill Tait (2005 & 2008 - current)
David Colvin (2007)

Primary Training Base

Melbourne, Australia

Secondary Training Base

Varese, Italy


Mercantile Rowing Club (VIC, Australia)


Victorian Institute of Sport, Melbourne



Swanbourne Primary School (WA, Australia)


St Hilda's Anglican School for Girls (WA, Australia)


Bachelor of Natural Resource Management- University of Melbourne (2007-)

Rowing Team

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