Danyon Loader

Danyon Loader
Danyon Loader
Personal information
Full name Danyon Joseph Loader, OMNZ
Nationality  New Zealand
Born April 21, 1975 (1975-04-21) (age 36)
Timaru, New Zealand
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Freestyle, butterfly

Danyon Loader ONZM (born on 21 April 1975 in Timaru, New Zealand) is an Olympic champion, former World Record holding swimmer from New Zealand, based in Dunedin. As of 2009, he is a National Record holder.

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 Butterfly. In 1996 in Atlanta, Loader won two gold medals: in the 200 and 400 freestyles. 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.[1]

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 Capital Swim Club in Wellington. He co-coaches alongside Gary Hurring


  1. ^ Loader's bio from the International Swimming Hall of Fame website; retrieved 2009-07-07.

Preceded by
France Franck Esposito
Men's 200m butterfly
world record holder (short course)

February 6, 1993 – March 26, 1994
Succeeded by
France Franck Esposito
Preceded by
Men's 400m freestyle
world record holder (short course)

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

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