Caroline Meyer

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Caroline Meyer
Medal record
Competitor for  New Zealand
Women's Rowing
Gold Athens 2004 Double Sculls
Gold Beijing 2008 Double Sculls
World Championships
Gold 2005 Gifu Double Sculls
Gold 2003 Milan Double Sculls
Gold 2002 Seville Double Sculls
Silver 2001 Lucerne Double Sculls
Silver 2001 Lucerne Quadruple Sculls
Silver 2007 Munich Double Sculls
Bronze 2006 Eton Double Sculls

Caroline Frances Meyer, ONZM, formerly known as Caroline Frances Evers-Swindell (born 10 October 1978 in Hastings, New Zealand) is a former New Zealand rower. She is 179 cm tall and 80kg. She competed in the double sculls with her identical twin sister Georgina Earl. In November 2005 she and her sister were named Rowing Female Crew of the Year by the International Rowing Federation (FISA).

In 2001 she won silver at the World Championships in both the double and quadruple sculls. Together with her sister she won gold at both the 2002 and 2003 Rowing World Championships in the double sculls. She also won, again with her sister, the 2004 Olympic gold medal. Caroline was coached by Dick Tonks and represented Hamilton Rowing Club.

In the 2005 New Year Honours, she was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to rowing.[1]

At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, she and her sister won gold medals in the women's double sculls, beating the German pair by 1/100 of a second, 7:07.32 versus 7:07.33.[2] This was the first time in history that the women's double scull title had successfully been defended.[3] She and her sister announced their retirement from rowing in October 2008.[4]

In December 2008, she and her sister won the Lonsdale Cup which is awarded by the New Zealand Olympic Committee to the athlete/s who make the most outstanding contribution to an Olympic sport. They previously won the cup in 2003.[5]

In December 2009, Evers-Swindell married former Olympic rower Carl Meyer.[6] She now goes by the name Caroline Meyer.[7]


  • Butcher, Margot (2010). Golden Girls: Celebrating New Zealand’s six female Olympic gold medallists. Auckland: HarperSports/HarperCollins. pp. 84–105. ISBN 978-1-86950-892-0. 
  1. ^ New Year Honours List 2005. Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 2 January 2013.
  2. ^ Saturday's Olympic Rowing Results, Associated Press, 16 August 2008. Accessed 23 August 2008.
  3. ^ "Olympics: Twins carry flag at spectacular closing ceremony". The New Zealand Herald. 25 August 2008. Retrieved 23 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "Evers-Swindell twins announce retirement". 9 October 2008. Retrieved 23 September 2011. 
  5. ^ "Retired rowing twins awarded Lonsdale Cup". 18 December 2008. Retrieved 23 September 2011. 
  6. ^ Rushworth, Anna (13 December 2009). "Golden girl follows sister down the aisle". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 23 September 2011. 
  7. ^ Tapaleao, Vaimoana (5 February 2010). "Halberg Awards: Twins top the sporting decade". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 23 September 2011.