Congratulations to Sophie Irving, 2017 WHiPA Lloyd Morrison Pathway to Podium Scholarship Recipient. Sophie is 14 years old and currently attends Wellington East Girls College. She has been swimming competitively since 2011, swimming for Capital Swim Club in Wellington under Head Coach Gary Hollywood. Sophie’s passion and drive for swimming comes from a love of the water apparent from a young age. Her preferred stroke is backstroke but she’s looking to improve the others.
Capital swimmer Lewis Clareburt has continued his rapid rise after he won eight gold medals at the New Zealand Age Group Swimming Championships last week. The year 13 Scots College student dominated the 16-18-year-old field at the championships held in Kilbirnie, doubling his medal tally from the same event last year. In doing so, Clareburt (17) broke the national age record in the 400m individual medley (IM), previously held by Rio Olympian Bradlee Ashby, with a time of 4 mi
Gold Coast-based Wellingtonian Emma Robinson said it has taken some time to sink in that she is heading to her first Olympic Games. The 21 year old will contest the 800m freestyle alongside her idol Lauren Boyle.
“It took a while to hit me that I am going. It is a dream I have had as a kid and now it is going to happen,” Robinson said from her training camp with Boyle in Threadbo, New South Wales.
Emma first sparked her interest in the Olympics at primary school when she