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In fact, it was almost as rare as school days come.
The Kavanagh College pupil was cheered and clapped on to the school hall stage, after being announced as a member of New Zealand’s team for next month’s Tokyo Olympics.
Fairweather will compete in swimming’s 200m, 400m and 4x200m freestyle races.
It was a special moment for the year 13 pupil, who showed plenty of emotion standing on stage as a haka was performed for her.
‘‘I had my little moment before everyone came,’’ Fairweather said.
‘‘I was sitting in the foyer and I was like ‘holy crap, I’m going to the Olympics, this is insane’.
‘‘Then I composed myself a little bit more.’’
Fairweather has long been an impressive talent on the local and domestic scene.
But it was her efforts as a 15-year-old in 2019 that catapulted her on to the world stage.
She won a gold medal in the 200m freestyle at the junior world championships.
That came weeks after her first senior world championships, which notably included a race against American star Katie Ledecky.
Late last year she qualified for the Games in the 400m freestyle and obtained a wildcard spot in the 200m, having missed the automatic qualifying time by 0.1sec.
The Games begin on July 23.