Olivia Carnegie-Brown

Rower // Women's Squad
Date of Birth: 28th Mar 1991 (26 years old)
Club: Oxford Brookes University BC
Height: 181.00
Hometown: Oxford

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Olivia Carnegie-Brown joined the ranks of GB Rowing Team Start programme graduates to win an Olympic medal after securing a historic silver with the women's eight at Rio 2016.

Olivia Carnegie-Brown developed her talent at the Reading Start Centre. She won international medals at junior and under-23 level.

She raced across a number of boats during the Rio Olympiad before firmly establishing herself in the eight in 2015, going on to win European Championships gold and Olympic silver the following year.

 

Olivia joined the ranks of GB Rowing Team Start programme graduates to win an Olympic medal at Rio 2016

On The Water

2016

Olympic Silver Medalist Women's Eight

European Champion Women's Eight

2014

European Silver Medallist Women's Eight

2012

World U23 Silver Medallist Women's Eight

European Silver Medallist Women's Pair

European Bronze Medallist Women's Eight

2009

World Junior Silver Medallist Women's Four

2008

World Junior Bronze Medallist Women's Four

Rio 2016 Olympiad: 2013 – 2016

Carnegie-Brown was once again selected in the women’s eight at the start of the 2016 season and helped to secure an eye-catching gold at the European Championships in Brandenburg, with GB surging through to take the victory in a perfectly judged race. Another thrilling late push at the Lucerne World Cup saw the GB eight go mighty close to overhauling the Olympic and World Champions from the United States and they won silver again at the World Cup in Poznan, this time behind New Zealand.

No British women’s eight had won an Olympic medal before Rio 2016 but Carnegie-Brown and her crew mates ended that wait as they took silver in a photo-finish after an epic race Olympic final that featured another trademark surge through the field in the second half of the race.

She raced in the women’s eight throughout 2015 and helped qualify the boat for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games with a fourth-placed finish at the World Championships in Aiguebelette.

The season started with fifth place at the European Championships in Poznan, with the GB crew looking well on course for a medal until a boat-stopping crab in the closing stages.

They hit back with impressive bronze medals at the Varese and Lucerne World Cups, twice going under six minutes at the first of those, before finishing less than a second shy of the podium in Aiguebelette.

The 2013 World Cup season saw Carnegie-Brown race in the women’s quad scull in Sydney, finishing fourth, and in the women’s pair at Eton Dorney, finishing fifth. She then switched to the eight for the Lucerne World Cup and the World Championships in Chungju, finishing fourth in both.

Carnegie-Brown remained in the eight for the 2014 European Championships in Belgrade and won a silver medal before partnering Monica Relph in a second women’s pair at the World Cup in Aiguebelette, finishing 11th. She then replaced the injured Lucinda Gooderham in the quad scull for the Lucerne World Cup, placing seventh, and was selected as a sweep spare for the World Championships in Amsterdam.

Olivia Carnegie-Brown and Caragh McMurtry won women's pair silver at the 2012 European Championships

London 2012 Olympiad: 2009 – 2012

Her first GB Rowing Team experience came in the women’s four at the 2008 and 2009 World Rowing Junior Championships, where she won bronze and silver respectively.

Carnegie-Brown then helped the eight to a fifth-placed finish at the 2011 World Rowing U23 Championships in Amsterdam before making her senior debut in the same boat in 2012, winning a bronze medal in Belgrade. She switched to the women’s pair, finishing ninth in a second GB crew with Jo Cook at the Lucerne World Cup before teaming up with Caragh McMurtry to win a silver medal at the World U23 Championships in Trakai. They repeated that feat at the European Championships in Varese and also won bronze medals in the eight.

GB Competitive Record

Olympic Games
Rio de Janeiro 2016 W8+
Olympic Games:
Rio de Janeiro 2016
W8+
World Rowing Championships
2015 4th W8+
2013 4th W8+
World Rowing Championships:
2015
4th
W8+
World Rowing Championships:
2013
4th
W8+
European Rowing Championships
2016 W8+
2015 5th W8+
2014 W8+
2012 W2-
2012 W8+
European Rowing Championships:
2016
W8+
European Rowing Championships:
2015
5th
W8+
European Rowing Championships:
2014
W8+
European Rowing Championships:
2012
W2-
European Rowing Championships:
2012
W8+
World Rowing Cup Regattas
2016 Poznan W8+
2016 Lucerne W8+
2015 Lucerne W8+
2015 Varese W8+
World Rowing Cup Regattas:
2016 Poznan
W8+
World Rowing Cup Regattas:
2016 Lucerne
W8+
World Rowing Cup Regattas:
2015 Lucerne
W8+
World Rowing Cup Regattas:
2015 Varese
W8+
World Rowing U23 Championships
2012 W2-
2011 5th W8+
World Rowing U23 Championships:
2012
W2-
World Rowing U23 Championships:
2011
5th
W8+
World Rowing Junior Championships
2009 W4-
2008 W4-
World Rowing Junior Championships:
2009
W4-
World Rowing Junior Championships:
2008
W4-
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials
2016 3rd W2-
2015 4th W2-
2014 4th W2-
2012 6th W2-
2011 7th W2-
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2016
3rd
W2-
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2015
4th
W2-
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2014
4th
W2-
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2012
6th
W2-
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2011
7th
W2-

More info...

Club: Oxford Brookes University BC
Boat: Women’s Squad
Role: Rower
Coaches: Paul Thompson, Robin Williams
Learnt to Row: Reading RC
Original Club(s): Reading RC/Reading University BC
Original Coach(es): Eira Parry, Henry Bailhache-Webb

Beyond the Boat

Carnegie-Brown began her rowing career as part of the GB Rowing Team’s Start programme while still at school in Caversham. She trained under the guidance of Eira Parry for three years before moving to Oxford Brookes University.

She describes herself as “a chronic tidier”, saying she always feels more relaxed when her house or room is clean and tidy. She enjoys travelling to explore new countries and experiencing different cultures.

Box sets, movies and studying for her personal training diploma keep her occupied on training camps and she relaxes by listening to Kygo remixes, although Beyonce is her music of choice for a good singalong with the girls. Beyoncé would also be one of Olivia’s dream dinner guests, along with Michael McIntyre and Sir David Attenborough.

She is Lottery funded through UK Sport.

Personal information

Place of Birth Current Address Home Town
Westminster Oxford Oxford
Place of Birth:
Westminster
Current Address:
Oxford
Home Town:
Oxford
Date of Birth Height
28th March 1991 181cm
Date of Birth:
28th March 1991
Height:
181cm
Education
Queen Anne’s School, Oxford Brookes University
Education:
Queen Anne’s School, Oxford Brookes University