with Georgina &
OLYMPIC ROWING CHAMPIONS, ATHENS, 2004
& Georgina with their cousin, Taradale Rotarian Elani Zachary
in the Pettigrew Green Arena, on the 11th November 2004, this was another stunning triumph for a
lead team, now skilled at staging large scale events to raise funds for charity.
In this case the celebrity guests were the Evers-Swindell twins, Georgina and
Olympic rowing champions in the Women’s Double Sculls recently
in Athens, and 431 people paid $130 each to attend, dine, and listen to a
skilled presentation by the Twins about their rowing career and the race that
brought them the gold medal.
It wasn’t long
before the place was buzzing and a full projection of the Olympic highlights
played on the background screen. A special welcome was extended to fellow
Olympians, Nathan Twaddle (Bob’s grandson), rowing finalist in the Men’s Pairs,
and Jason Stewart, semi-finalist in the 800m.
The Arena ready for dining
Atkinson, Chairman of the Hawke’s Bay Regional Hospital
At the end President John Aikman
was able to announce
an interim profit of $35,000, and he was followed by Kevin
Atkinson, Chairman of the Hawke’s Bay Regional Hospital Board, who announced the
Board had approved a $ for $ grant, so the Trust Fund to be established to
commemorate the late Dr Oliver Smales, will start with at least $70,000.
Dinner, the final figures for the night,
show a profit of
so with the
contribution from the Hawkes' Bay DHB, the
Dr. Oliver Smales Memorial Trust will
start with $89,000.
Twaddle & Nathan Twaddle
John Aikman announces an interim profit of $35,000
Read swings into action, extracting $1000 for a signed walking stick
"Caroline began rowing
first and showed considerable natural skill, particularly in single
and double sculls, where she won everything, even
against much older women. She represented NZ in the coxless
4's in Poland, living on bananas and bottled water to
avoid getting sick. Her enjoyment finally encouraged
Georgina to give it a try and she has gone from novice to a
national representative in a very short time. After beating
Australia 2-1 in a test series, they were selected for the World
Championships. After 3 week in England, they went to
Scotland for the Champs, but feel that they 'goofed' in
the semi-finals through inexperience."
Beijing Olympic Games 2008 Georgina and Caroline defended their Olympic title in the
double sculls, defeating the Germans by just 1/100th of a second. They immediately
announced their retirement from rowing.
On the evening of the Club's 50th year
celebrations, both women were awarded a Paul Harris Medal in recognition of their
2008, Caroline married a fellow rower, Carl Meyer and two months later, Georgina married
Sam Earl, also a fellow rower.