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South African swimmer Luan Grobbelaar becomes eligible to represent New Zealand

by ZwemZa on June 21st, 2019

Luan Grobbelaar can now represent New Zealand after being granted citizenship. (Simon Watts/

Potential Olympics prospect Luan Grobbelaar has been granted citizenship, clearing the way from him to represent New Zealand at swimming.

Grobbelaar, 17, who swam for South Africa at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast last year, broke one of his own records at the national swimming champs on the North Shore this week.

He set a new mark in the 200m breaststroke for the 17-year age group, after breaking the record at the national age group champs in April.

Grobbelaar moved to New Zealand with his parents from South Africa last year. He stood down from international swimming for a year to be eligible to swim under the Kiwi flag.

He was only 15 when he represented South Africa at the Commonwealth Games, finishing ninth in the 200m individual medley.

He also won a gold medal in the 200m breaststroke and finished fourth in the 400 individual medley at the 2017 Youth Commonwealth Games.

Originally from Cape Town, Grobbelaar is home schooled in Palmerston North and swims for the Kiwi West Aquatics club.

The talented swimmer holds national age group records in the 200m breaststroke, 200m medley and 400m medley, as well as this week’s new record.

Swimming New Zealand confirmed on Friday he was unlikely to qualify for the world championships next month, but his effort this week means he will be in the New Zealand team at the world junior championships in August and he could be a prospect for the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020.


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