Danyon Loader

Danyon Loader

Danyon Loader
Personal information
Full name Danyon Joseph Loader, ONZM
Nationality  New Zealand
Born (1975-04-21) 21 April 1975 [1]
Timaru, New Zealand[1]
Height 188 cm (6 ft 2 in)[1]
Weight 84 kg (185 lb)[1]
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Freestyle, butterfly

Danyon Joseph Loader, ONZM (born 21 April 1975) is an Olympic champion, former world record holder 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.[2]

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.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d "KIWI BEST BET". swimnews.com. Swimnews Magazine. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 
  2. ^ Loader's bio from the International Swimming Hall of Fame website; retrieved 2009-07-07.
  3. ^ "'"Marriage equality 'about love. 3 News NZ. 6 December 2012. 

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

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

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

Succeeded by
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