< back
Sport Open Water Swimming
NOC New Zealand   
Born02 Nov 1990 in Rotorua, NZL
Height1.81 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Wife Bryn, son Koa [2019]
Margaret River, WA, AUS
Higher education
Accounting - University of Auckland: New Zealand
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He learned to swim at age two, and began competing at age seven.
Why this sport?
His mother Bronwen remembers her son's first dip came at a carnival when he was two years old and recalls he was a natural. "He got up on the blocks [at the pool] and said he could do it, dived in and started swimming. The minute he got in the water he could swim."
Club / Team
Swim Rotorua: New Zealand
General Interest
Hero / Idol
New Zealand swimmer Danyon Loader. (Daily Post, 29 Dec 2006)
Awards and honours
Swim Rotorua in New Zealand have an annual award named the Kane Radford Endeavour Award in his honour. (swimming.org.nz, 19 Jul 2020)

He was named 2015 and 2016 Open Water Swimmer of the Year by Swimming New Zealand. (swimmingworldmagazine.com, 30 Sep 2015; stuff.co.nz, 09 Apr 2017)

He was named 2006 Bay of Plenty Swimmer of the Year in New Zealand. (nzherald.co.nz, 29 Dec 2006)
Other sports
He has competed in water polo at national level in New Zealand. He has also represented New Zealand in swimming at junior level. (nzherald.co.nz, 23 Dec 2004; SportsDeskOnline, 06 Sep 2021)
He became New Zealand's first open water swimmer to compete at the Olympic Games when he took part in the 10km event at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (SportsDeskOnline, 04 Jun 2018; stuff.co.nz, 28 Jun 2016)
Famous relatives
His brother Reagan competed in swimming at national level in New Zealand, and has also worked as a coach in the sport. His sister-in-law Jessie has competed in hockey at national level in New Zealand. His mother Bronwen Radford has served as chairperson for Swimming Bay of Plenty in New Zealand, and worked as an assistant coach at Swim Rotorua. (dqdswimming.co.nz, 01 Jan 2015; rotorualakescouncil.nz, 04 Aug 2016; rotorua.swimming.org.nz, 05 Feb 2017)

 Competition Highlights
World Cup Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
3 2008 Singapore, SGP 1500m Freestyle 15:23.99
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
30 2015 Kazan, RUS 10km 1:51:29.4
20 2013 Barcelona, ESP 10km 1:49:43.0
18 2013 Barcelona, ESP 5km 53:44.3
10 2013 Barcelona, ESP 5km - Team Time Trial 56:12.0
27 2011 Shanghai, CHN 5km 56:45.7
36 2007 Melbourne, VIC, AUS 10km 2:01:36.82
22 2007 Melbourne, VIC, AUS 5km 57:46.6
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
27 2015 Balatonfüred, HUN 10km 1:44:15.91
16 2015 San Miguel de Cozumel, MEX 10km 1:42:22.00
11 2015 Setúbal, POR 10km 1:55:08.00
9 2014 Lac Magoc, QC, CAN 10km 1:55:18.66
14 2014 Lac St. Jean, QC, CAN 10km 1:59:28.5
13 2014 Lac-Mégantic, QC, CAN 10km 2:23.52
10 2013 Hong Kong, CHN 10km 1:53:45.7
10 2009 New York, NY, USA 10km 1:49:11.9
6 2008 Singapore, SGP 10km 2:09:49.70
Oceania Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2014 Lake Taupo, NZL 10km 1:58:12.04
1 2014 Lake Taupo, NZL 5 km 58:30.44
2 2008 Rotorua, NZL 5 km 59:41.30
2 2008 Rotorua, NZL 10km 1:59:53.2
1 2006 Cairns, QLD, AUS 10km 2:07:54
Pan Pacific Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
3 2014 Maui, HI, USA 10km 1:52:13.0