Danyon Loader

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Danyon Loader
Personal information
Full name Danyon Joseph Loader, ONZM
Nationality  New Zealand
Born (1975-04-21) 21 April 1975 (age 39)
Timaru, New Zealand
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Freestyle, butterfly

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

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; and was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 2003.[1]

He has recently reappeared on the local swimming scene after years spent away from it. He is now interested in coaching and takes part in youth development programmes. He is currently coaching at Raumati Swimming Club with fellow swim star Jon Winter.

In December 2012, Loader starred in an online video campaign supporting gay marriage, alongside New Zealand singers Anika Moa, Hollie Smith and Boh Runga, as well as former Governor-General Dame Catherine Tizard.[2]


  1. ^ Loader's bio from the International Swimming Hall of Fame website; retrieved 2009-07-07.
  2. ^ "Marriage equality 'about love'". 3 News NZ. 6 December 2012. 

Preceded by
France Franck Esposito
World Record Holder
Men's 200m Butterfly (25m)

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

11 February 1995 – 25 September 1998
Succeeded by
Australia Ian Thorpe
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Australia Scott Miller
Swimming World's Pacific Rim Swimmer of the Year
Succeeded by
Australia 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