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Erika Fairweather, a New Zealand Olympian, was born and raised in Dunedin, she currently swims for Neptune Swimming Club under Lars Humer.

Erika has since become a rising star in the world of competitive swimming, having competed at both the national and international levels. She has represented New Zealand in a number of competitions, including the FINA World Junior Championships, where she won gold in the 200m freestyle. 

Date of Birth






December 31st, 2003

Dunedin, NZ

Dunedin, NZ




Erika is a freestyle swimmer, specialising in middle distance and distance events. She has demonstrated consistent progress since her immense success in the age group swimming. Notably, Erika has established herself as one of the fastest women in the history of the sport, particularly in the 400m freestyle event, solidifying her position as the 6th fastest all time. 


Erika has represented New Zealand in multiple competitions and achieved medals at prominent world events, such as the FINA World Junior Championships, where she won gold in the 200m freestyle. She recently competed in the 2022 FINA World Short Course Championships, earning 2nd place in both the 400m and 800m freestyle events.

One of Erika's greatest achievements came in 2021, when she qualified for the Tokyo Olympics at just 17 years old, delivering the swimmer New Zealand Olympian #1424. Competing in the 400m freestyle, Erika put on an impressive performance, finishing 8th in the final. She carried this momentum into the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England where she placed 4th in the 400m Freestyle and 5th in the 200m Freestyle. 


1. New Zealand Olympic Team

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Aquablack #266

2019 • Gwangju, South Korea

200m Freestyle

Junior World Championships Gold

2021 • Tokyo, Japan


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