Erin Kennedy

Cox // Para-Rowing Squad
Date of Birth: 5th Aug 1992 (27 years old)
Club: Leander Club
Height: 160cm
Hometown: Wantage

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Two-time World Champion Erin Kennedy (née Wysocki-Jones) brings a wealth of high level coxing experience to the senior squad.

Cox of the victorious Oxford women’s blue boat in 2014, Erin joined Leander Club in Henley-on-Thames to continue coxing after her studies.

She was spare for the Paralympic Mix4+ in Rio 2016 and trialled for the Senior Women’s 8+ in the 2017 Season. March 2017 saw her steer a women’s eight of returning Olympians to victory at the Women’s Eights Head of the River Race. She then coxed GB’s women’s eight to fourth at the European Rowing Championships in Racice.

She moved across to trial for the Paralympic programme in the 2018 season and was selected for the World Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Erin coxed the crew to their eighth consecutive World Championship gold medal in a hard fought race against their main rivals, the USA.

Erin was once again selected for the coxing seat for the 2019 Season and steered the crew to two gold medals in May at the International Para Rowing Regatta in Gavirate, Italy. At the 2019 World Championships, the PR3Mix4+ dominated the field to win the event by 12 seconds, whilst also claiming a qualification spot for Tokyo 2020.

On The Water

GB Competitive Record

Year Event Position Boat
2019 World Rowing Championships
Linz Ottensheim, AUT
PR3 Mix4+
2018 World Rowing Championships
Plovdiv, BUL
PR3 Mix4+
2017 European Rowing Championships
Racice, CZE
4 W8+
Year:
2019
Event:
World Rowing ChampionshipsLinz Ottensheim, AUT
Position:
Boat:
PR3 Mix4+
Year:
2018
Event:
World Rowing ChampionshipsPlovdiv, BUL
Position:
Boat:
PR3 Mix4+
Year:
2017
Event:
European Rowing ChampionshipsRacice, CZE
Position:
4
Boat:
W8+

Beyond the Boat

A natural performer, Erin spent much of her free time at school acting, singing and performing, “dreaming of being in the West End”. During fresher’s week at university she tried out rowing and was immediately hooked -“I have swapped one type of performance for another!”

Erin is a keen baker, so unsurprisingly Mary Berry would be invited to her dream dinner party, along with Elizabeth I and Barack Obama. Listening to familiar pop music keeps her focused before racing, but Ed Sheeran and Adele help her to relax.

Erin is Lottery funded through UK Sport.