Danyon Loader

Danyon Joseph Loader ONZM (born 21 April 1975) is an Olympic champion, former world record holder swimmer from New Zealand, based in Dunedin. He remains the national record holder in the 400 and 1500 metre freestyle short course.

Danyon Loader
Personal information
Full nameDanyon Joseph Loader
Born (1975-04-21) 21 April 1975[1]
Timaru, New Zealand[1]
Height188 cm (6 ft 2 in)[1]
Weight84 kg (185 lb)[1]
CountryNew Zealand
Event(s)Freestyle, butterfly

He swam for New Zealand at two Summer Olympics (1992, 1996) and three Commonwealth Games (1990, 1994 and 1998).

At the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, he garnered a silver medal in the 200 metre butterfly. In 1996 in Atlanta, Loader won two gold medals: in the 200 and 400 metre freestyle. He set world records in the short course 200 butterfly and 400 freestyle.[2] In the 1997 New Year Honours, Loader was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to swimming,[3] and he was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 2003.[2]

In December 2012, Loader starred in an online video campaign supporting same-sex marriage, alongside New Zealand singers Anika Moa, Hollie Smith and Boh Runga, as well as former Governor-General Dame Catherine Tizard.[4]

See also


  1. "Kiwi best bet". swimnews.com. Swimnews Magazine. Retrieved 24 September 2014.
  2. Loader's bio Archived 16 July 2010 at the Wayback Machine from the International Swimming Hall of Fame website; retrieved 7 July 2009.
  3. "New Year honours list 1997". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 31 December 1996. Retrieved 15 December 2019.
  4. "Marriage equality 'about love'". 3 News NZ. 6 December 2012.
Preceded by
Franck Esposito
World Record Holder
Men's 200m Butterfly (25m)

6 February 1993 – 26 March 1994
Succeeded by
Franck Esposito
Preceded by
Anders Holmertz
World Record Holder
Men's 400m Freestyle (25m)

11 February 1995 – 25 September 1998
Succeeded by
Ian Thorpe
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Anna Simcic
Lonsdale Cup of the New Zealand Olympic Committee
Succeeded by
Brenda Lawson
Preceded by
Chris White
Succeeded by
Beatrice Faumuina
Preceded by
Scott Miller
Swimming World
Pacific Rim Swimmer of the Year

Succeeded by
Michael Klim
Preceded by
Tim Shadbolt
& Rebecca Nicholson
Dancing with the Stars
(New Zealand)
third place contestant

Season 2 (2006 with Hayley Holt)
Succeeded by
Brendon Pongia
& Hayley Holt
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