Tokyo Olympics: Brook Donoghue (Rowing)

  • 01/01/2021

Brook Donoghue

Age: 26

Born: January 6, 1995

Event: Double sculls

Coach: James Coote

Donoghue arrives in Tokyo as reigning world double sculls champion, but with a new partner in the boat, after Hannah Osborne replaced Olivia Loe.

She took up rowing at Te Kauwhata College and battled for recognition with the Mercer Rowing Club, until joining Waikato Rowing Club and breaking into the national team.

Donoghue was part of a quad sculls crew that finished fifth at the 2013 world junior championships and then combined with Claudia Hyde for double sculls silver at the 2015 world U23 championships.

In 2016, she captured her first national senior title with the Waikato quad sculls crew, but was unable to help the NZ quad qualify for Rio 2016.

The following year, she paired with Osborne for the national title, but hooked up with Loe in the NZ boat, reeling off an unbeaten campaign that culminated in a world title.

They slipped to second the following year, but regained their crown in 2019, qualifying the boat for Tokyo. Donoghue and Loe were nominated for the Olympics, but when the team was announced, Loe was surprisingly moved to the quad, with Osborne preferred.

Donoghue has now won 10 national titles - five in double sculls.