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Thursday February 22, 2018

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Clareburt powers his way into Comm Games squad Lewis Clareburt. PHOTO: Supplied

Local teenage swim sensation Lewis Clareburt has reached another milestone in his impressive career by being selected for April’s Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. Hailing from Wellington’s Capital Swim Club and Scots College, Lewis will compete in the men’s 400m individual medley. The 18-year-old from Roseneath had a breakout 2017 which included eight gold medals at the New Zealand Age Group Championships, where he also equalled Danyon Loader’s 25-year-old record in the 200m freestyle. He won three gold and four silver medals at the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas and capped off the year by winning Junior Sportsman of the Year at the Aotearoa Maori Sports Awards. “I am really excited to be representing New Zealand at the 2018 Commonwealth Games,” Lewis says. “I’ve been training really hard all summer as if I was going to the games, so I’m relieved that it’s paid off. I’m pumped to get over to the Gold Coast and race.” Swimming New Zealand CEO Steve Johns

is delighted to have another swimmer added to the team. “Lewis has demonstrated the ability to perform with distinction at the Games and deserves the opportunity to represent New Zealand at this pinnacle event.” New Zealand Olympic Committee CEO Kereyn Smith extended her congratulations Lewis. “Lewis is a very exciting young talent and has benefited from the performance pathway provided by the Commonwealth Youth Games in 2017. We are excited to have him in the team and can’t wait to watch him compete.” Lewis was selected as part of the final round of individual athlete allocation quotas. He had missed automatic selection by just 0.1 second. The addition brings the number of swimming representatives in the New Zealand Commonwealth Games team to 13 and the total number of athletes to 115. Lewis will have some local company in the aquatics squad. Wellington High School graduate Anton Down-Jenkins and former St Catherine’s College student Yu Qian Goh were recently named in the New Zealand diving team.

Sports talk

with Jacob Page

The emotive cricket column They say never write a column angry because it’s like being married and going to bed with the same mindset - no good can come of it. Well, I’ll break the rule for hopefully therapeutic benefits. When it comes to cricket, I’m a curmudgeon trapped in a 28-yearold body. I like test cricket and don’t care for the crash and bash cash-cow that is twenty20 cricket. Rarely do I watch the short form but when I do I try not to become emotionally invested in the outcome. I broke that rule on Friday night, persuaded by a sterling batting effort from the Black Caps which resulted in what I’ll call an embarrassing bowling and fielding performance. Defending 243 against a powerful Australian batting line-up on the postage stamp Eden Park, short boundaries and all. The bowlers looked bereft of ideas, and for Blenheim’s Ben Wheeler, it was a performance best forgotten. Wheeler went for 64 runs off 3.1 overs before he was ejected from the bowling crease for two full toss deliveries over the waist of batsmen. I played cricket with Wheeler

during my time in Blenheim, I was hopeless, he was a star but that effort may have long lasting scars. Watching 488 runs in 39 overs leaves me cold, I want a competition between bat and ball and T20 won’t offer me that. The Black Caps need a mindshift, our bowlers look below par when under real pressure and our fielding has always been decent but dropped catches have haunted our 2018 so far. I’ve tried to keep this column relatively constructive as opposed to negative but sometimes a spade needs to be called a spade. I never have thought the 2017/18 Black Caps were the best in history - there are too many weaknesses to match with the good. I spent $6000 getting to the Cricket World Cup final in Melbourne on short notice three years ago. That Black Caps side got my money and they deserved it, this team does not. There is a difference between being a fan and a cheerleader, nights like last Friday distinguish them very well. Yes, the Aussies batted superbly but deep down, we should know that not being able to defend 243 in 20 overs simply is unacceptable.

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JUSTIN LESTER OPENING THE NEW SWIMMING POOL – THE AQUADOME AT WELLINGTON EAST SCHOOL – FUNDING TOWARDS PROJECT

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