A triple win for Gareth in the pool

East Durham College student Gareth Orr with the medals he won at the Special Olympics North West Regional Swimming Gala in Liverpool.
East Durham College student Gareth Orr with the medals he won at the Special Olympics North West Regional Swimming Gala in Liverpool.
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A talented East Durham College student has picked up three medals after competing in the pool at a Special Olympics event.

Gareth Orr, 22, from Shotton Colliery, recently competed at the Special Olympics North West Regional Swimming Gala 2016 in Liverpool, were he came away with a gold medal in the 100m butterfly, another gold in the 50m freestyle and a silver in 100m individual medley competition.

He also recorded personal best times in both his individual medley and freestyle swims at the gala.

Gareth was proud of his achievements and glad to get two personal bests along with his medals.

He said: “I really enjoyed the gala at Liverpool.

“It was great to win the three medals, and I was really happy to get the two new personal best times in the freestyle and individual medley events.”

East Durham College, student support team member, Angela Steerment, added: “This is another great achievement for Gareth.

“He is a great student here at the college and he obviously has a real talent in the pool.

“We are all really proud of him and what he has achieved both in and out the pool this year.”

Gareth joined the college back in January 2015 after moving to the north east from Peterborough, enrolling on the facility’s Foundation Studies programme.

For more information on Foundation Studies programmes at East Durham College contact our student services team on 0191 518 8222.

The Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults.