Making waves

Tottenham swimmer reigns supreme at London Winter Championships

From left: Matteo Caravati-Pringle, Rose Pepperday, Max Green, Arun Hamilton McMahon, Gareth Davies, Shakil Giordani, Alfie Lucas, Kelton Ryland, Hayden Hoole, Max Hanson with Head coach Paul Doyle at the London Region Winter Championships Credit: Haringey Aquatics

By Eva Hanson

Haringey Aquatics swimmer, Shakil Giordani has won five gold medals at the London Region Winter Championships.

Giordani, who is 16 years old, was unbeatable in the majority of the sprint events, winning gold in 50 and 100m backstroke, 50 and 100m freestyle as well as the 50m butterfly. He also added a bronze medal to his collection by coming third in the 100m butterfly final.

Shakil’s phenomenal success has earned him Top Male Swimmer in the 16 and under junior age category.

The championships were held at London Aquatics Centre as a short course (25m pool) meet, in two age groups; junior 16 and under and senior 17 and over.

The club had a record number of qualifiers for the Winters this year, including Rose Pepperday, 17, who won silver in 1500m freestyle, Max Hanson, 15, who won silver in 100m breaststroke in the 16 and under age group and Alejandro Isaza- Ocampo, 17, who came ninth in the senior 200m backstroke final.