Caroline and Georgina Evers-Swindell

  • The identical twin sisters were born on October 10, 1978 in Hastings, New Zealand.
  • Caroline, the younger twin by four minutes, started rowing at 14, while still at Rudolf Steiner School in Hastings. She was in the New Zealand squad within two years and Georgina followed her into the sport at that time.
  • The twins moved to Christchurch after leaving school and were trained by former Olympic gold medallist, Gary Roberston for two seasons. Robertson was one of the rowing eight who won gold at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games.
  • Caroline made the New Zealand junior world championship team in 1995 and Georgina joined the team a year later.
  • The duo moved to Cambridge to attend the University of Waikato and train at Lake Karapiro with expert coach Dick Tonks.
  • Won silver at the World Championships in both the double and quadruple sculls in 2001.
  • In 2002 Georgina Evers-Swindell broke the 2000m indoor rowing world record.
  • The sisters won gold at the 2002 and 2003 World Championships in the double sculls and a gold medal in the 2004 Olympic Games.
  • In November 2005, the sisters were named Rowing Female Crew of the Year by the International Rowing Federation (FISA).
  • At the Beijing Olympics in 2008, they won gold medals in the women’s double sculls. This was the first time in history that the women’s double scull title had been successfully defended.
  • Caroline and Georgina Evers-Swindell announced their retirement from rowing in October 2008.
  • Winners of the Lonsdale Cup awarded by the New Zealand Olympic committee in 2003 and 2008 for their outstanding contribution to an Olympic sport.
  • The Evers-Swindell sisters’ contribution to sport was acknowledged at the 2009 Halberg Awards when they were named Sports Champions of the Decade.