Sarah Tait (Outhwaite)

Silver medallists Sarah Tait and Kate Hornsey celebrate with their medals after competing in the Women's Pair Final A on Day 5 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Eton Dorney on August 1, 2012 in Windsor, England.

Athlete Biography

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.