15 July 2021
Croydon Amphibians bring home the medals in first competition since the pandemic forced the closure of swimming pools
- Croydon Amphibian swimmers takes 6 Golds, 10 Silvers and 1 Bronze at Surrey Championships
- The championships which were held at the University of Surrey Sports Park on 10th and 11th July is the first swimming competition to be held since restrictions were lifted
- Croydon Amphibians secured a top 10 finish, its highest overall position for many years
Having been out of the pool for large sections of the past 15 months due to the lockdown restrictions, Croydon Amphibians Swimming Club was celebrating a fantastic achievement at the Surrey Championships held at the University of Surrey Sports Park over the weekend of 10th and 11th July. The first swimming competition that has been held since restrictions were lifted.
Despite limited pool time for training and having a number of medal hopefuls self-isolating due to covid outbreaks at their schools, Croydon Amphibians swimmers put up an exceptional performance with five swimmers ending up on the podium.
- Arun Oelkers who took three Golds (50m, 100m and 200m Freestyle) and two Silvers (50m and 100m Butterfly) in the 16 year old age group
- Zain Lam who took two Golds (50m and 100m Breaststroke) in the 15 year old age group
- Harry Chaudhury who took one Gold (100m Freestyle) five Silvers (50m, 100m and 200m Backstroke, 50m and 100m Butterfly) and one Bronze (50m Freestyle) in the 13 year old age group
- Teo Sorel who took two Silvers (50m and 100m Butterfly) in the 11 year old age group
- Josh Dolling who took a Silver medal in the 200m Butterfly in the 13 year old age group
These results come after what has been a difficult time for swimming across Croydon and the country as a whole, with limited access to pools and very strict Covid protocols in place during those times when swimming has been able to take place.
Croydon Amphibians Head Coach, Patryk Folinski said:
“I am extremely proud of the performances of our swimmers at the Surrey Championships. It has been exceptionally difficult for everyone over the past 15 months, but our swimmers did what they could to keep themselves fit and active while we were locked out of swimming pools and have worked hard in training since we have been back. These results are a testament to their dedication and commitment, despite the ongoing difficulties.”