Rower Tait dies of cancer at 33

AP

The Australian Olympic Committee said Thursday that Sarah Tait, who won a silver medal in rowing at the London Olympics, has died of cancer at the age of 33.

Tait, a mother of two, won her silver medal with Kate Hornsey in the women’s pairs at London in 2012. She was a three-time Olympian, competing in the women’s eights at Athens in 2004 and Beijing in 2008.

She was coached by her husband Bill, and at the London Games she was the first mother to row for Australia at the Olympics following the birth of their first child, Leila, in 2009.

The AOC said Thursday that Tait was diagnosed with cancer following the birth of her second child, Luca, in March 2013.

“Sarah was an extremely talented Olympic rower taken far too soon from us. She battled to the end,” AOC president John Coates said. “The legacy she leaves for younger women who would like to pursue both motherhood and elite sport is truly inspirational.”

Tait also won gold and silver at the world championships in 2005.

“She was one of the most determined and passionate rowers in our sport and she will be deeply missed by everyone in the rowing community,” Rowing Australia chief executive Rob Scott said in a statement.