Meda McKenzie

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Meda McKenzie (born 1963) is a former New Zealand long-distance swimmer, who was inducted into the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame in 1996.[1]

At fifteen she swam Cook Strait, and later (in 1978) swam it in the opposite direction. She also swam Foveaux Strait; and in England the English Channel and a double crossing of the Bristol Channel.

After retiring to raise two children, she returned after five years to swim across Lake Erie in Canada, and two firsts: the first double crossing of Cook Strait by a woman and a circumnavigation of Rarotonga.


  • Ron Palenski (2002). Profiles of Fame: The Stories of New Zealand’s Greatest Sports Achievers. New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame. p. 29. ISBN 0-473-08536-4. 
  1. ^ Sports Hall of Fame website