Lack of pool time forces swim star to move north
Double Commonwealth Games swimming champion Lewis Clareburt has finally been forced to leave Wellington due to a lack of training facilities.
Clareburt first told RNZ in 2021 about the frustration of training on public lanes at Wellington’s pools.
The 25-year-old will move to Auckland but without his long-time coach Gary Hollywood he will remain in Wellington.
Clareburt is struggling to get lane space at the Wellington Regional Aquatic Center which is shared by other sports and the public.
He was also forced to train in 25 meter pools.
Clareburt says the issue was a distraction rather than a problem as he always takes a positive approach to his training.
With his sights set on next year’s Paris Olympics, Clareburt feels he needs to put himself in the best possible position to succeed.
He won gold in the 400 medley and the 200 butterfly at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
He also made the 400 medley final at the Tokyo Olympics.
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