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Commonwealth Games star Lewis Clareburt gets expert help towards Olympic goal

by ZwemZa on May 13th, 2018

Lewis Clareburt (Suff.co.nz)

The man who coached Aussie swimming great Ian Thorpe will travel to New Zealand in July to work with promising Kiwi star Lewis Clareburt.

Clareburt won a medley bronze medal at last month’s Commonwealth Games and Doug Frost liked he what he saw.

There’s no rest for Wellington teenager – not only back in the pool after his Gold Coast success, but also back to reality.

“I missed four weeks of uni, so I’ve had assignments after assignments due,” says Clareburt, who is already eying up his next challenge.

“The only way you can win an Olympic medal is if you believe you can and I stand by that my whole life.

“That’s how my training goes – I have to believe whatever I want to do.”

Now he has Frost helping him – a man who guided Thorpe to 13 Olympic medals, including nine golds.

“That’s what we’re lacking in New Zealand,” says Capital Swim Club head coach Gary Hollywood.

“There are no coaches in New Zealand who have that level of experience and he sees the potential in Lewis, so he’s going to give him an insight into areas no-one else can.”

While Clareburt took four-and-a-half seconds off his personal best at the Games, it also gave him a taste of just how far he still has to go.

“I was versing a guy called Chad LeCloe, who beat Michael Phelps at the 2012 Olympics,” says Clareburt.

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