Jolanda de Rover

Jolanda de Rover (born 10 October 1963 in Amstelveen) is a female former backstroke swimmer from the Netherlands.

Jolanda de Rover
Jolanda de Rover in 1981
Personal information
Full nameJolanda de Rover
Born (1963-10-10) 10 October 1963
Amstelveen, the Netherlands
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight70 kg (154 lb)
ClubDJK, Amsterdam

Swimming career

Jolanda de Rover competed at the 1980, 1984 and 1988 Summer Olympics and won a gold and a bronze medal in backstroke in 1984. In 1988, she finished fifth and seventh in the 4 × 100 m medley relay and 200 m backstroke events, respectively.[1] Between 1981 and 1986 she won four medals at European and world championships;[2] she also won at least three national titles and set at least 10 national records in backstroke events.[3] Despite being of Dutch nationality she won the ASA National British Championships 200 metres backstroke title twice in 1981 and 1988.[4][5]

Personal life

De Rover is the mother of Kira Toussaint,[6] who qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in the 100 meter backstroke.[7]


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