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

After 16 years at a Fortune 1000 financial company, long-time swimmer Retta Race decided to change lanes and pursue her sporting passion. She currently is Coach for the Northern KY Swordfish Masters, a team she started up in December 2013, while also offering private coaching. Retta is also an MBA …

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