Genevieve Horton competed at her first Olympic Games at Rio, partnering with Sally Kehoe in the Women’s Double Sculls. At just 21, Horton will be the youngest member of the Australian rowing section at the Rio Olympic Games.
After a 2nd place finish in their heat, Horton and Kehoe advanced to the semi-finals, where the Aussies were drawn in a tough race, taking on reigning Olympic Champions Great Britain as well as Poland, who had won World Cups 1 and 3 this season. The duo was quick out the start and sat comfortably in third throughout the first half of the race, led by the Poles and the British. As the crew approached the 1500 metre mark, the French began to make their move to pass the Australians. With other crews out in front, the battle came down to the Australians and the French as to who would qualify for the A-Final, with the French pipping the Australians to the post to take the place in the A-Final. Kehoe and Horton finished their 2016 Olympic campaign with a third place finish in the B-Final.
A Sydney-local, it was not long ago, just 2013, that Horton mad her international debut for Australia. The Mosman Rowing Club athlete became a Junior World Champion in 2013 when she won gold in the Junior Women’s Pair alongside Jessie Allen. Later that year, Horton went on to win gold in Australia’s Senior Women’s Eight at the 2013 World Rowing Cup in Sydney.
In 2014, Horton and Allen once again paired up and this time won a bronze medal at the 2014 U23 World Rowing Championships. In 2015, Horton made her first senior crew at a World Rowing Championships, competing in the Women’s Pair, where she finished 13th overall. Post-event Horton re-evaluated her rowing options and returned to sculling in a bid to secure a place in the Olympic team and after some strong performances at selection trials was selected to compete alongside Kehoe in 2016.