Kiwi Lewis Clareburt Earns Victoria University’s 1st Scholarship

18-year-old Lewis Clareburt of New Zealand already made headlines as a recent addition to his nation’s 2018 Commonwealth Games roster. But the Wellington Capital Swim Club athlete has received more good news, learning he has become the first recipient of a Victoria University of Wellington swimming scholarship.

Clareburt is the recipient of one of three sport scholarships introduced at Victoria in 2018, scholarships representing a new strategy at the University to heighten focus on improving support to student athletes.

Of his protegé, Clareburt’s coach, Gary Hollywood, says: “From my perspective Lewis ranks in the top five percent of all swimmers I have coached since 1986. Lewis is a great person, a great trainer, a great competitor and a leader with great potential.” (Victoria University)

With the Gold Coast now less than 3 weeks away, Clareburt says, “I’m really looking forward to representing New Zealand. The Commonwealth Games and the Olympics have been a dream for as long as I can remember.”

Beyond the Games, Clareburt’s scholarship will help the teen earn a degree and give him a sense he’s ‘challenged himself beyond swimming.’

At last year’s New Zealand Age Group Championships, Clareburt snagged an impressive 8 gold medals. He was the Aotearoa Māori Sports Awards Junior Sportsman of the Year winner.

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Loretta Race

Loretta grew up outside Toledo, OH, where she swam age group and high school. Graduating from Xavier University, she stayed in the Cincinnati, OH area and currently resides just outside the city in Northern KY.  Loretta got back into the sport of swimming via Masters and now competes and is …

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