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Meda McKenzie
Inducted in 1996
She first made her mark on sport when she was 15 and swum Cook Strait. It was the first of many triumphs.
Sporting Category:
  • Swimming
Later in 1978, she swam it again, this time in the opposite direction. She followed up with a string of endurance achievements, including the English Channel, a double Bristol Channel crossing and Foveaux Strait.

She “retired” to have two children but returned after five years for the first double Cook Strait crossing by a woman, a circumnavigation of Rarotonga (another first) and then a cross of one of the five great lakes, Erie in Canada.

Over about a decade, she became one of the most remarkable figures in the history of long-distance swimming.

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Paul MacDonald

(1960 - )

One of New Zealand’s most successful Olympians, MacDonald was a key figure in the small but effective New Zealand canoeing force of the 1980s.
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