Sarah Cook competed in the first three Australian Youth Olympic Festivals- 2001, 2003 and 2005. Cook joined Kim Crow and won gold in the women’s pair at the 2007 Australian Championships. After a successful 2007 World Cup season, Cook and Crow made their joint Olympic debuts in the women’s pair at the 2008 Beijing Games where they finished tenth.
The Canberran returned to Olympic competition four years on in London as a part of the women’s eight. Cook and the Australian crew made the A Final finishing in sixth place. The USA beat Canada and the Netherlands for the gold medal.