Tokyo Olympics: Kiwi teen swim prospect Erika Fairweather ready to shine at Games

Among New Zealand's swimming contingent for the upcoming Olympics Games is 17-year-old Erika Fairweather.

The Year 12 Student celebrated her selection with her fellow students at Dunedin's Kavangah  College and her results in the water have signalled her as one to watch in Tokyo.

"It's always been a dream of mine," Fairweather tells Newshub. "The last one I watched, I was 12 and to be here now is so cool."

Fairweather becomes the second youngest Kiwi swimmer to ever qualify for the Olympics after Rebecca Perrott, who set the NZ 400 metres record in Montreal in 1976.

"It's probably come a bit quicker than she would've thought, but that's good and now she's going to get a chance to go against the best in the world," says dad Mark Fairweather.

Fairweather has since broken her predecessor Perrott's 400m mark, as well as records in the 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle.

"I started building and I thought, 'I can actually do this!'," says Fairweather. 

Fairweather may be still a school student, but that will be at the back of her mind come next month.

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