East Durham College student and Sunderland swimming club swimmer Gareth Orr

Gareth Making A Splash With Medal Haul

A talented East Durham College student, on top of achieving very highly on his current college course, has been putting in impressive performances for a local swimming club.

Para-swimmer Gareth Orr, 22, joined the college back in January this year after moving to the north east from Peterborough, enrolling on the college’s Foundation Studies programme.

Dedicated student Gareth has been getting top marks on his course since joining the college and has recently progressed onto a Level 1 Diploma in Employability Skills.

This new course has seen him take on the challenge of completing work experience at East Durham College’s Peterlee campus restaurant Scene1, receiving excellent feedback from all restaurant staff.

But away from the hard work on his college course, Gareth is continuing to go from strength to strength in his first love, swimming.

Gareth, who swims for Sunderland Swimming club, has been on fine form this year, picking up a number of medals at swimming meets across the country.

He recently won a number of medals at a club championship event at Sunderland before going on to be the only swimming representative for East Durham College at the Association of College’s national championship.

East Durham College Lecturer in Foundation Studies, Laura Richardson, has seen great progression in Gareth since he joined the college and has praised his hard work and determination to succeed in all that he does.

Laura said: “Gareth is a fantastic and valued student here at East Durham College and we have seen a huge change in Gareth during this year; his confidence grows every day.”

“We are all really proud here at the college of what Gareth has gone on to achieve in his swimming, he is really passionate about it and has a great talent for it, clearly shown through all the medals he’s won throughout this year.”

“Gareth loves studying at the college, so he jumped at the chance to compete at the AOC championships and we were really proud to have him represent us.”

“We now look forward to seeing what Gareth goes on to achieve in the future.”

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