Sarah Tait (Outhwaite)

Sarah Tait competed in the women’s eight at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. The Australians finished sixth in Athens. In 2005 the Australian women’s eight won the World Championships. Tait was again selected in the eight for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and the crew finished in sixth place.

Returning for her third crack at Olympic competition at the London 2012 Games, Tait lined up in the women’s pair alongside Beijing crewmate Kate Hornsey. The duo won their heat by over five seconds and progressed straight through to the final.

Tait and Hornsey had the difficult task of taking on the hot favourite home crew of Helen Glover and Heather Stanning in the final who were looking to become the first British women rowers to stand on top of the podium as an Olympic Games.

The Australians came through the halfway mark sitting in 3rd position over six seconds off the Brits and trailing the New Zealand crew by 3.57 seconds. Tait and Hornsey picked up the stroke rate and powered home to move into 2nd as the finish line neared to win the silver medal. They finished 2.73 seconds behind the history making British pair.

Olympic Results

London 2012 - Summer Olympic Games

Pair - Women
Heat 2 HORNSEY, K; TAIT, S 7:01.60 FA 1
Final A HORNSEY, K; TAIT, S 7:29.86 2  
Final Placing 2 / 10

Beijing 2008 - Summer Olympic Games

Eight - Women
Heat 02 FRASCA, P; PRATLEY, B; KEHOE, S; BALE, N; KELL, E; HORNSEY, K; TAIT, S; HEARD, S; PATRICK, E 6:07.93 3rd
Repechage FRASCA, P; PRATLEY, B; KEHOE, S; BALE, N; KELL, E; HORNSEY, K; TAIT, S; HEARD, S; PATRICK, E 6:12.52 4th
Final A FRASCA, P; PRATLEY, B; KEHOE, S; BALE, N; KELL, E; HORNSEY, K; TAIT, S; HEARD, S; PATRICK, E 6:14.22 6th
Final Placing 6 / 7

Athens 2004 - Summer Olympic Games

Eight - Women
Heats OUTHWAITE, S; WINTER, J; OLIVER, C; HEINKE, M; WILSON, J; ROBBINS, S; ROBERTS, V; DOYLE, K; FOULKES, K 6:02.77 4th
Repechages OUTHWAITE, S; WINTER, J; OLIVER, C; HEINKE, M; WILSON, J; ROBBINS, S; ROBERTS, V; DOYLE, K; FOULKES, K 6:09.64 3rd
Final A OUTHWAITE, S; WINTER, J; OLIVER, C; HEINKE, M; WILSON, J; ROBBINS, S; ROBERTS, V; DOYLE, K; FOULKES, K 6:31.65 6th
Final Placing 6 / 7