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Malcolm Champion

One of New Zealand’s greatest swimmers, Champion was the first New Zealander to win an Olympic gold medal - though he won it in the name of Australasia, the combined team that took part in the 1908 and 1912 Olympics.

Barrie Devenport

Barrie Devenport
The challenge, to be the first in recorded history, to swim Cook Strait was likened to other sporting challenges such as Roger Bannister’s first sub-four minute mile and Sir Edmund Hillary’s conquest of Everest.

Dave Gerrard

Dave Gerrard was a champion butterfly swimmer whose life has been inextricably linked with sport.

Philippa Gould

Philippa Gould
By the time she was 17, Philippa Gould’s swimming career was behind her but she’d already earned herself enduring fame in New Zealand sport.

Gary Hurring

Gary Hurring
The Commonwealth Games 200 metres backstroke champion in 1978, Hurring was denied a chance to extend his success to the Olympic arena by swimming’s withdrawal for political reasons from the Games in Moscow in 1980.

Duncan Laing

Duncan Laing’s sporting exploits began in Taranaki where he was a strong and effective surf lifesaver – he captained the New Zealand team against Australia - and was a lock for the provincial rugby team.

Danyon Loader

Danyon Loader
When the names of New Zealand's greatest Olympians are remembered, that of Danyon Loader is of the first rank.

Meda McKenzie

She first made her mark on sport when she was 15 and swum Cook Strait. It was the first of many triumphs.

Anthony Mosse

Anthony Mosse
Anthony Mosse was the standardbearer for New Zealand swimming through the 1980s.

Rebecca Perrott

Rebecca Perrott was a champion swimmer, ranked with the best in the world, and has the unusual distinction of being the catalyst for the formation of the New Zealand Sports Foundation, the principal sports funding body.

Philip Rush

Regarded as too slow to be a competitive pool swimmer, Rush turned to endurance swimming and became one of the best there has been.

Jean Stewart

Jean Stewart
Jean Stewart, who married champion swimmer Lincoln Hurring, was the outstanding New Zealand woman swimmer of the early 1950s.

Sporting Spotlight

Mark Graham

(1955 - )

Respected throughout the league world as a tough, skilful forward, Graham played 26 tests for New Zealand from 1977, when he was 21, until 1988.
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