Rio 2016: Women's 8, Rowing

Caileigh Filmer


Caileigh Filmer has wanted to compete for Team Canada since she swam with the youth national team in the summer of 2008 when she was 12. Her first opportunity to compete internationally came in 2013 when she was a member of the four at the World Junior Championships. A year later, she returned to the junior worlds and won a silver medal in the pair with Larissa Werbicki. Just ten days later, the duo won bronze at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China. In 2015, Filmer achieved a career highlight when she won silver in the four at the World U23 Championships. She went on to win the pair at the 2015 national championships that fall. But shortly thereafter, she was diagnosed with a rib stress fracture which affected her until February 2016. Filmer was able to make her senior international debut at the first World Cup of 2016 in Varese, Italy, winning the B final with Jennifer Martins to finish seventh overall.

Getting to know…

Family: Mother Helene Filmer was a competitive rower at the University of Victoria… Twin sister Katherine… Getting into the Sport: Started rowing at age 13… After leaving competitive swimming her mother told her to stay active with another sport… She did two learn-to-row camps and wasn’t thrilled with it at first but liked it better than any other options… Outside Interests: Enjoys colouring and spending time outdoors doing other sports… Second year student at the University of California Berkeley with intentions to pursue a Bachelor of Science with a major in Environmental Science… Odds and Ends: Nickname: Cai… Has two pairs of lucky racing socks – one set given by her mother with Canadian flags on them, one set that is bright pink borrowed from and eventually gifted by her best friend… Always eats eggs on toast for her race-day breakfast… Favourite quote: “The real glory is being knocked to your knees and then coming back. That’s real glory. That’s the essence of it.” – Vince Lombardi…

Olympic Highlights

Games Sport Event Finish
2016 RioRowingCoxed Eight - Women5

Notable International Results

Olympic Games: 2016 - 5th (W8+)

Youth Olympic Games: 2014 – BRONZE (W2-)

FISA U23 World Championships: 2015 – SILVER (W4-)

FISA Junior World Championships: 2014 – SILVER (W2-); 2013 – 8th (W4-)