Birmingham Commonwealth Games: Kiwi swimmers quietly confident of success in pool

Lewis Clareburt will have more eyes on him than usual, when he goes for Commonwealth Games gold.

The Kiwi swimmer became Tik Tok famous during the Tokyo Olympics and it's been a whirlwind ever since.

The NZ swim team were cool, calm and charming at Birmingham, but don’t be fooled - they're on a mission.

"When I race, I always put my best foot forward," said teen sensation Erika Fairweather.

Dame Sophie Pascoe recovers at the Tokyo Paralympics
Dame Sophie Pascoe recovers at the Tokyo Paralympics. Photo credit: Getty

"I expect this team to be one of our best Comm Games swimming team," insisted para-swimming royalty Dame Sophie Pascoe.

From our most decorated Paralympian to our rising star, there’s a real push for gold in the pool.

"I think it's looking pretty good," whispered Gold Coast bronze medallist Lewis Clareburt. "I don't want to share too much, but I'm hoping to see a few medals here, which is pretty exciting."

Clareburt is out to better his performance four years ago and build on his Olympic debut, where he found social media a welcome relief from the pressures of the pool.

"It helped with when I had all the media," he said. "They weren’t asking me just about swimming, they were asking me about Tik Tok, which was quite cool."

Clareburt is excited by what he could achieve, when competition gets underway.

"It would be pretty nice to stand on podium again, like four years ago, maybe with a higher medal, but we’ll see."

And he has three chances to do just that.

"Stay tuned, woohoo," said Clareburt.

Join us from Friday for live updates of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games