3 Aug 2022

Despite Com Games success swimmers fear for funding

From First Up, 5:52 am on 3 August 2022

The Commonwealth Games have been a huge success so far for New Zealand's swimmers, with Lewis Clareburt becoming our first male Kiwi swimmer to win two golds at a games. Backstroker Andrew Jeffcoat also claimed gold in the 50 meter event, while fellow sprintner Cameron Gray took bronze in the 50 metre butterfly final. Despite this success, Clareburt's coach Gary Hollywood, says they don't know if they're going to be able to fund a top Olympic programme that would enable our swimmers to be competitive with the likes of Australia. Joining Nathan Rarere to explain how funding works for our elite sports people -- and why we're still so successful despite our relatively limited resources -- is Swimming New Zealand coach Mark Bone, who oversaw the 1996 Olympic campaign where Danyon Loader won two Olympic Golds.