Keeping Stock applauds the decision of Caroline and Georgina Evers-Swindell to announce their retirement whilst at the top. The world of sport is littered with athletes who have gone on for a season too long, and lost some of their gloss.
With three world championships, and two Olympic gold medals, the twins have been outstanding performers for almost a decade, but there were signs over the last couple of years that their era of world domination was fading. To their credit, their last performance was also probably their best - Olympic champions for the second consecutive time, when most had written them off. That is truly the mark of champions.
But time waits for no man, or woman. On the eve of the 30th birthdays, the twins have decided that there is a life to be lived away from the water, and no-one would begrudge them that. Keeping Stock wishes them every success in whatever they turn their hands, and their incredible work ethics to.
And spare a thought for their coach, Richard Tonks, formerly of Wanganui. For many years he worked the night-shift at a local carpet factory to pay the bills so that he could coach world champion rowers - firstly Philippa Baker, and later the twins - who today described him as the "key to their success".