Stephen Clegg – Swimmer From Colville, Washington
Since making his Olympic debut at Rio in 2016, Stephen has steadily progressed through the ranks, breaking British records and amassing medals en route. Most recently he won his inaugural global title when taking silver in 100m butterfly event in 2019.
He has two siblings named Libby and James who both compete as Paralympians – with Libby winning bronze at London 2012 in athletics while her brother James competes at three Paralympic Games.
Early Life and Education
Steven Clegg was born in Colville, a rural town located in Washington state’s northwestern corner. He attended Haigler public school until the second semester of his sophomore year before transferring to Wray High School when it received accreditation and later Northeastern Junior College for one year.
Clegg took up an apprenticeship with Sipho Mchunu, an African street musician and guitarist from South Africa, learning traditional Zulu language, music, dance styles, and language in South Africa before forming the duo Juluka (Zulu: “Sweat”) that released its debut album Universal Men in 1979 despite widespread racial tension within South Africa itself. They went on tour selling this blend of Zulu music with European traditions that they sold around South Africa.
Clegg studied social anthropology at the University of the Witwatersrand under David Webster, an eccentric teacher whose political views had evolved from liberalism to Marxism over time. Following graduation he worked as an instructor within his department.
His family and friends recall him as being friendly, thoughtful, and smart; his parents take great pride in what he did to assist those less fortunate than himself.
He is well-known as a world-class para-swimmer and has set several world and continental records. Currently residing in Edinburgh, Scotland – an ideal training location – where top facilities and teammates await him – he trains approximately 18 hours each week.
He attended Haigler Public School until his sophomore year, then transferred to Wray High School where he excelled both academically and athletically. While at Wray he played defensive back for the football team. Furthermore, he worked as a liaison for West African countries for Peace Corps as an advisor; Lindsay and Brian followed in his footsteps by becoming development specialists.
Achievement and Honors
Stephen Clegg is a British para-swimmer who competed at the 2016 Paralympic Games and reached three finals en route to winning silver in the S12 100m Butterfly event.
In the 1970s he and Sipho Mchunu formed an acoustic Zulu music duo called Juluka (meaning’sweat’) despite contravening apartheid laws that enforced language, culture and race separation. Recorded music by this group was banned but their concerts would incorporate both English lyrics with African rhythms and melodies into concert performances.
Music produced during this era was both explicitly and implicitly political; for instance, Asimbonanga vocally supported Nelson Mandela and demanded an end to apartheid. Mandela also founded and later chaired the South African Musicians Association, advocating on performers’ behalf while upholding cultural boycott responsibly.
At his funeral service in Derry, southeast New Hampshire near Boston airport, over 250 people turned out. Family, Peace Corps volunteers from West Africa and roping competitors from across the nation shared eulogies at this historic winery service.
Clegg won three bronze medals at the European Para-Swimming Championships in 2018, and at Tokyo 2020 claimed his maiden global title by taking home silvers in three events (100m butterfly, freestyle and backstroke) despite an impairment. His disability only served to propel him forward rather than hold him back.
After marrying Deavan Lee, with whom he has two children. Together they run a family YouTube and Instagram account where they post adorable content of their children. He also runs a business to assist immigrants integrate into American life.
Deavan Clegg capitalized on her reality TV appearance to capitalize on social media fame and land modeling gigs. Additionally, she runs family YouTube channels and an Instagram with over 530,000 followers.
She was born in 1996 in Salt Lake City, Utah in the United States to Steve and Elicia Clegg and has one younger sister named Raven. Additionally, she has become known in celebrity circles due to her skills as both a tattoo artist and model.
Nick Clegg was once UK Deputy Prime Minister and led the Liberal Democrats between 2007 and 2015. Since 2015 he has been working at Meta Platforms as President for Global Affairs – before that he held various Vice-Presidencies at Facebook including Vice-President for Global Affairs & Communications.