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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Kevin Skinner

(1927 - )

Skinner was one of the great All Black props of the 40s and early 50s but his fame almost entirely centres on his coming out of retirement in 1956 to bolster the New Zealand pack against South Africa in one of the most tumultuous series New Zealand has seen.
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