Famous Swindells

Swindells may have acquired local fame but true global fame eluded them until the twin Evers-Swindell sisters of New Zealand gained international glory with their rowing prowess. There are no Swindells who make it into the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Caroline and Georgina Evers-Swindell

Born in October 1978 in Hastings, Hawke Bay, New Zealand.

Georgina Evers-Swindell and her twin sister Caroline were among the most dominant scullers in the first decade of the 21st century, winning world titles and becoming the first women’s double scull pairing to successfully defend an Olympic title. They first made their marks in 2001 when they won silver medals in the double and quadruple sculls at the World Championships in Lucerne. They won the double sculls title at the following two World Championships, in Seville and Milan, and added the Olympic title in 2004. In 2005, they again won the world title and were named Rowing Female Crew of the Year by FISA, the international rowing federation. They were second at the 2007 World Championships in München but retained their Olympic title the following year. The twins announced their retirement late in 2008.

In January 2009, Georgina married Sam Earl, himself a New Zealand rower and son of [Athol “Joe” Earl], a member of the winning eight at the Olympic Games in München in 1972.

In December 2009 Caroline married former Olympic rower Carl Meyer.

The Evers-Swindells are descended from Charles Evers, one of two brothers James and Charles who married sisters Ann Jane  and Elizabeth Mary, heiresses of John Rose Swindell, the last of the line of the Leicestershire Swindells.

Mrs Catherine Swindell

A portrait by Joseph Wright of Derby
Painted 1769-1772
Oil on Canvas 71.5 x 55.6 cm

This famous portait by Joseph Wright of Derby is mentioned on over 14,000 web pages acording to Google. The sitter for the portrait has not yet been identified.