Congratulations Sofiya!

Elmbridge Xcel Leisure Centre's Swimmer of the year

After a challenging 2021 we wanted to round the year off with some good news stories.  We asked all of our Swimming Teachers to nominate those distinctive, very special swimmers who deserved a bit of recognition.

They were asked to identify swimmers on our lesson programmes (children and adults) who have displayed positive attitudes, unyielding determination or, have put in efforts over and above their peers.  They may have overcome personal adversity or achieved something unexpected or challenging. 

Sofiya Butt - Elmbridge Xcel Leisure Centre's Swimmer of the Year 2021
Nominated by his teacher Grace Polley

"Sofiya used to cry of fear in stage 1 and wouldn't put her face in for ages and ages. Now all of a sudden she has put her face in the water and flown up to stage 4 with bags of confidence!"


Keep going Sofiya, you are an inspiration!