He hails from Wellington and is only 18 years old but Lewis Clareburt has been called up to the swimming team for the Commonwealth Games to be held in the Gold Coast in April.

His record includes eight gold medals at the NZ champs; Clareburt will contest the 400m individual medley.

He was also named the Junior Sportsman of the Year at the Aotearoa Māori Sports Awards.

He says he’s really excited and has been training hard all summer as if he was going to the games, which has now paid off for him.

“Swimming New Zealand told me that I may have a possibility of joining the team in February from the additional quota spots that the New Zealand Olympic Committee sends out. So I was lucky enough to get that one additional quota spot on the swimming team. There could have been anybody selected and lucky enough it was me. I was pretty happy.”

This will be Lewin Clareburt’s first Commonwealth Games and his naming takes the total number of athletes selected for the NZ team to 115.