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2018 WHiPA Lloyd Morrison Scholarship Recipients

Julia Borlase


2018 WHiPA Lloyd Morrison Reaching for the Podium Scholarship Recipient 


Julia Borlase is currently 16 years old and swims with the Pirates Swim Team under coach Steve Francis. She has been swimming competitively for 5 years and was encouraged to join by her sister after she began. Since joining, Julia has found a love for the sport and has gone on to achieve many goals.

At her first New Zealand Age Group Nationals, Julia surprised everyone by getting a gold medal in the Girls 14 year old 200m breaststroke. A year later she gained a bronze medal at the New Zealand Open Championships in the same event, qualifying her for the New Zealand Development Squad. Last December she also won a bronze medal at the Queensland State Championships in the 200 Breaststroke in a massive 2 second personal best, gaining her a spot on the Youth Olympics Long List.

This year, after a successful National Age Group Nationals (2 Golds, 1 Silver and a Bronze) she was placed on the New Zealand 2018 Australian State Team. At the moment she is training hard to achieve goal times and enjoy the sport as much as she can.

She hopes that the WHiPA Scholarship will enable her to take the next step in the sport and push her to greater success as well as providing important support.

Libby Bradley

Surf Lifesaving

2018 WHiPA Lloyd Morrison Reaching for the Podium Scholarship Recipient 


Libby is a member of the 2018 New Zealand Surf Lifesaving Open Squad. She recently won six U19 titles at the 2018 New Zealand Surf Nationals, and four U19 titles at the New Zealand Pool Nationals in September last year.


She has represented New Zealand at the Sanyo Cup in Japan, in the youth team for the International Surf Rescue Challenge in Mount Maunganui last year and the World Surf Life Saving Championships in the Netherlands in 2016.


Libby is studying at Victoria University, where last year she received the 2017 Victoria University Blues Award for Excellence in Sport (Surf Lifesaving).

Lewis Clareburt

2018 WHiPA Lloyd Morrison Aquatic Athlete Scholarship Recipient


Lewis (18) has been with Capital Swim Club since he first started competitive swimming at 8 years old. His main event is the 400 Individual Medley, but at New Zealand Age Group Championships 2018 this year he won 8 Age Group Titles over different events, which he did also the previous year as a 17 year old. At this years NZ Age Group Champs it earned him the Life Members Trophy for outstanding swimmer.

Currently he holds 8 Wellington Open Long Course Records, and 20 Age Group Long Course Records.

He also has the New Zealand Open Record for 400 IM which he broke at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast with a time of 4.14.42 (previously set at 4.17.72) which earned him the Bronze Medal at the Games and qualified him for the Pan Pacific Championships in Japan later this year.

Lewis also holds 6 New Zealand Age Group Records. Last year he won the NZ Emerging Swimmer of the Year 2017 and Maori Junior Sportsman of the Year 2017. He won the Wellington Emerging Sportsman of the Year 2017, and this year he has been nominated for the 2018 Wellington Sportsman of the Year. The scholarship will assist him in his training and development this year.

Joel Crampton


2018 WHiPA Lloyd Morrison Reaching for the Podium Scholarship Recipient 


Joel Crampton, 16, currently swims with the Capital Swim Club under coach Gary Hollywood.

Joel has been competing at a national level since he was nine, and has won numerous national titles and more than 30 Wellington records. In his first year at Tawa College he was awarded the Sportsman of the Year and that year also won the Swimming Wellington selectors trophy for the most Wellington records by any Wellington swimmer over that period.


At Joel's first New Zealand Age Group national championships held a couple of months after he won five NZ Junior titles, he went on to get a silver medal in the Boys 12-13 years 200m butterfly. He won the same event in that age group the following year. Both were Wellington records.

Last year at his first zonal championships, Joel won the U16 200m butterfly while still 14.

Last December, as a member of the Wellington All Stars Team, Joel won a silver medal at the Victoria State Championships in the 15-years 200m butterfly, again in a personal best time.

Joel hopes that the WHiPA scholarship will provide him with important support as he seeks to achieve further in the sport.

Ruby Heath


2016 WHiPA Lloyd Morrison Pathway to Podium Scholarship Recipient (Continuing in Year 2 of programme)

Ruby has been a competitive swimmer since 2008, aged 9, swimming for the SwimZone Racing Club in Lower Hutt. Currently 17 years of age, she attends Chilton Saint James School in Lower Hutt.

Her favourite stroke is Butterfly, particularly enjoying the 200m Butterfly events (Winning Gold at the 2015 NZ Short Course Age Group Champs). Ruby has also had success at a national level in 200m & 400m Freestyle.

Ruby has represented the Wellington region in the Swimming Wellington All Stars team (2015 & 2016), and also represented New Zealand at an age group level in the NZ team that competed at the Australian State Teams Age Group Champs (Canberra, Sep 2015) placing 5th in the 15-16 girls age group.

She was a recipient of a WHiPA scholarship in 2015 to assist with training and international competition costs, and her selection as one of the athletes for the Pathway to Podium scholarship is seen as a great investment in Ruby's promising future in the pool.

When she's not swimming, she takes every opportunity to represent her school at Cross Country, middle-distance running and Triathalon - having competed in all three disciplines at a regional level here in Wellington.

Gary Hollywood


2017 WHiPA Lloyd Morrison Scholarship Recipient - Coach Performance Advance (continuing in Year 2 of Programme)

Gary has been the Head Coach at Wellington’s Capital Swim Club since April 2016, previously coaching in New Zealand, Australia and the UK. He has coached athletes to all levels of events, including Commonwealth Games. In July this year he will be NZ National Team Coach for the Commonwealth Youth Games in Bahamas.


Gary is an outstanding coach who is demonstrating that he is having an impact on swimming in the region through the results his athletes are achieving but also the attraction and retention of athletes in his programmes. The support and networking opportunities that being part of the Performance Coach Advance programme will offer Gary will help him continue his personal development.

Sophie Irving

2017 WHiPA Lloyd Morrison Pathway to Podium Scholarship Recipient (continuing in Year 2 of Programme)


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. She has competed at quite a few national events and was selected to represent New Zealand at Australian State Teams Age Short Course Champs in 2016 and again in September this year. She was part of the 2016 NZ Talent ID squad and is currently part of the 2017 NZ National Development team.


Sophie also performs in the ocean, claiming 4 national titles at the most recent Oceans ’17 competition in Mt Maunganui. She holds the New Zealand record for 100m with obstacles at the NZSLS National Pool Champs competition. Swimming and surf lifesaving are a huge part of Sophie’s life, she also played rugby through to U13’s where she has been a tenacious and spirited competitor. She enjoys competing and training immensely and is looking forward to future challenges.

Arno Lee

2018 WHiPA Lloyd Morrison Aquatic Athlete Scholarship Recipient


Arno represented New Zealand at the 2015 SSA Pacific School Games, where he won three gold and one silver medal, and the 2016 Australian Elite Junior Championships earning one silver and two bronze medals.


Last year he competed New Zealand National Championships, taking home three gold medals, and the Singapore National Championship where he won three gold medals and one bronze medal. He also broke the New Zealand record for Platform - Boys Age 13 & Under. Arno is a member of Wellington Diving Club, and a year 9 student of Onslow College.


The scholarship will assist him to compete at the FINA World Junior Diving Championship July 23-29 at Kyiv, Ukraine.

Liam Neal

2018 WHiPA Lloyd Morrison Scholarship Recipient - Coach Performance Advance 


Working alongside his former coach Steve Francis from his own competing days, Liam is an assistant coach at Pirates Swim Team working with talented up and coming athletes. 


Liam is a young coach who brings a fresh approach to developing swimmers for an enduring time in the sport. 

The two-year WHiPA Performance Coach Advance programme run by Sport Wellington Performance Hub, will provide Liam with the opportunity to grow and develop as a coach, and connect with and learn from the wealth of experience of others on the Wellington coaching scene.


Outside of coaching with the Pirates, Liam is a consultant with Deloitte Private.


In 2017 Walter has received additional support towards attending the Australian National Surf Life Saving Championships and coach mentoring with top Australian coaches at Currumbin Surf Club.                                                                  

Emma Robinson

WHiPA Lloyd Morrison Aquatic Athlete Scholarship



Emma Robinson started swimming competitively at age 13 for Wellington's Capital Swim Club, which she still swims for. She is currently training at TSS Aquatic in Gold Coast, Australia. Last year Emma competed at the Fina World Champs in Budapest, where she placed 11th in the 1500m Freestyle. She has just finished competing at the 2018 NZ Open Trials in Auckland where she won the titles of the 800 and 1500m Freestyle and qualified to compete at the 2018 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships. 
Photo: 2018 NZ Open Championships.

Bronagh Ryan

2018 WHiPA Lloyd Morrison Aquatic Athlete Scholarship Recipient


Bronagh has been swimming competitively for 10 years, is a member of Porirua City Aquatics, coached by Nevill Sutton. In recent years she has won national open titles in both the 50m & 100m Breaststroke and has medalled in the 200m Breaststroke. She is also the current NZ 100m Open record holder in a time of 1:07:35 and was the first woman in New Zealand to break 1:08 secs. She has broken and currently holds the 50 & 100 Breaststroke Wellington Open records.


Outside of swimming Bronagh has recently completed a BA/BC in Marketing, International Relations and Political Science and her favourite thing to do is go for a kneeboard down at her surf club Titahi Bay SLSC.

For the coming year her goals include faster times, making semi-finals and hopefully a final at the Commonwealth Games and break some more NZ records.

Wellington Waterpolo

2017-18 WHiPA Sponsorship

WHiPA have assisted Wellington Waterpolo with sponsorship to assist in hiring Sarah Goffe as Administration and Development Officer to help grow this busy local sport. 

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