Sufyan Shiekh became the first Gujarati to swim the English Channel at the young age of 16 years. He completed the 38km crossing in under 12 hours, and was the youngest competitor to swim the English Channel this year.
On hearing of this amazing feat, especially of a young child who is from Ahmedabad, Gujarat, Acharya Swamishree immediately invited Sufyan Shiekh to Shree Swaminarayan Temple, London. On Sufyan’s arrival to the temple, on behalf of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan, Acharya Swamishree honoured him with a Prasad paag and put on a kum-kum chandlo. Acharya Swamishree gave His divine blessing for his exceptional achievement and future endeavours. A cheque of 501 Pounds was also donated to Sufyan.
Sufyan’s mother, Kamalben, who was also present for the occasion, was overwhelmed by the honouring of her son by Acharya Swamishree and was also honoured by the trustees of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan.