Australian champion, Sarah Tait passed away today from cervical cancer. She was only 33

The silver medal winner was diagnosed after the birth of her second child two years ago to the month, in 2013.

Rowing Australia released a statement on behalf of Tait’s family stating that she passed away peacefully surrounded by her family after a long and difficult battle with the disease.

Tait will be sadly missed by the rowing community.

There is little doubt that she had an enormous impact on the lives of women across the globe.

As captain of the Australian women’s rowing team, Tait competed in three Olympic Games in Athens, Beijing and London.

The head coach of Australian rowing, Chris O’Brien said Tait was a great role model to many Australian rowers. She had a positive influence on up and coming female athletes.

She was a champion rower, competing in the women’s eights at the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games and winning silver with Kate Hornsey in 2012 in the women’s coxless pairs at the London Olympics.

It was reported she said that winning a silver medal in London was the highlight of her career.

After her successful results in 2008, she was made captain of the Australian rowing team. She was the first mother to compete in the sport having gone back to training after the birth of her daughter, Leila, in 2009.

In February 2014, Tait officially announced her retirement from competitive rowing. She wanted to concentrate on beating the disease which she had been diagnosed with one year before.

While her love of her sport and the Australian Olympic movement cannot be questioned,

Tait’s real love was her family

National Cervical Cancer Awareness Week occurs in many countries across the globe.

Its aim is to raise awareness about cervical cancer and encourage all women to talk about cervical health and take the necessary preventative tests.

Money raised is used to educate, inform and support women with cervical cancer and their families and loved ones.

The Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation has created a webpage where suffers and their families can share their stories. The hope is that women will feel empowered to find out more about this terrible disease and build a stronger community that supports and looks out for its members.

Cervical cancer ribbons are teal and white and are worn by supporters to develop a greater understanding about the disease and the impact it has on everyone's lives.

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