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Satendra Singh Lohiya

Satendra Singh Lohiya
Personal information
Nationality India
Born (1987-07-06) 6 July 1987 (age 36)
Bhind, Madhya Pradesh, India
Height5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
Weight154 lb (70 kg)
StrokesFreestyle, Back Stroke, Breast Stroke

Satendra Singh Lohiya[1] (born 6 July 1987) is an Indian swimmer with 70% disability.[2] On 24 June 2018 he crossed the English Channel as part of a swimming relay team which, for the first time saw four para swimmers from India cross the English Channel.[3] He completed the channel in 12 hours and 26 minutes, setting a new record.[4][5][6] He has been selected for the Tenzing Norgay Adventure Award 2019 for first Indian para swimmer which was given by the Honorable President of India Ram Nath Kovind[7] and The Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi also recognized and appreciated Satendra Singh Lohiya's hard work and blessed him for his future endeavor on 13 March 2020.[8] He received Vikram Award, the highest state-level sports awards in Madhya Pradesh, for swimming from the Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chauhan, MP on 23 December 2014. The Government of India honoured him with the Padma Shri for 2024 for his contribution in the field of Sports.[9]

Early life

Satendra was born like a normal child in a small village of district Bhind Madhya Pradesh India in 1987, but due to lack of proper treatment from a serious illness within fifteen days of his birth, his legs veins shrinked due to which both his legs became 70% disabled. When P Narahari IAS was collector of Gwalior District, he identified the immense talent of Satendra and started supporting him. He got tough swimming training under the guidance of Dr Virendra kumar dabas for two years and then participated in his first National Paralympics Swimming Championship 2009 held at Kolkata.

Swimming career

Satendra Singh Lohiya with PM Narenra Modi

2023 English Channel

  • 2023 English Channel swimming 72 KM Two way as part of 6 person para swimming relay team.

XXII National Paralympic Swimming Championship, 11–13 November 2022 Guwahati Assam

  • 1 Gold & 1 Silver

North Channel Swimming (36 km.)[10]

  • As Part of 06 Person Relay Swimming Team. Northern Ireland UK

2022 XXI National Paralympic Swimming Championship 2022 Udaipur

  • 2 Silver

2019 Ctalina Channel

  • 2019 Ctalina Channel Indian Para Relay Team including successfully crossed the Catalina Channel with the timing of 11 hours 34 minutes today also set up Asian record.[11][12]

2018 English Channel

  • 2018 English Channel swimming as part of 4 person para swimming relay team.[13][14]

XVI National Paralympic Swimming Championship Jaipur

  • 2 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze.

XVII National Paralympic Swimming Championship Udaypur

  • 2 Gold, 1 Silver

State Open Championship Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Center Australia 2017

  • 1 Gold

Arabian sea Mumbai 2017[15]

  • Open water Sea Swimming feat of 33 Kilo Meter in Arabian sea Mumbai 4 May 2017

Para – International Swimming Championship Gatineau, Canada 2016[16]

  • 2 Silvers, 1 Bronze


Satendra received National Award for the Best Sport Person of the Year from the Vice President of India at New Delhi, Award Given by the social justice of India on 3 December 2019.[17] He also received the Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award 2019. Recipient of Outstanding Young Person OF India Award Winner 2021 from President of JCI India in Recognition of Excellence in the Para Swimming Sport. Recipient of JCI Gwalior Ratna Alankar 2022 Outstanding Young Person From President JCI Gwalior in Recognition to outstanding person achievement.


  1. ^ "Satendra Singh",
  2. ^ "दिव्यांग तैराक सतेंद्र सिंह लोहिया ने बीमारी को बनाई अपनी ताकत, बनाया खास रिकॉर्ड". 22 September 2022.
  3. ^ "Indian para-swimmer creates history by crossing the English Channel in record time". 26 June 2018.
  4. ^ "Para-Swimmer From Madhya Pradesh Creates History By Crossing English Channel In Just 12 Hours". 25 June 2018.
  5. ^ "Physically challenged swimmer from MP crosses English Channel". 25 June 2018.
  6. ^ "Meet The Para Swimmer From Madhya Pradesh Who Created History By Crossing The English Channel". 31 December 2018.
  7. ^ "Para-swimmer from MP to get prestigious adventure award". 21 August 2020.
  8. ^ "Swimmer Satendra Singh Lohiya Story Crossed English Channel Narendra Modi News Update".
  9. ^ "Padma Awards 2024: लहरों का रुख मोड़कर आगे बढ़े सतेंद्र सिंह लोहिया, अब पद्मश्री से होंगे सम्मानित". 26 January 2024.
  10. ^ "हाड़ जमाने वाले बर्फीले पानी में 14 घंटे तक तैराकी! 36 KM लंबा नॉर्थ चैनल लांघ कर दिव्यांग स्विमर ने बनाया बड़ा रिकॉर्ड". 22 September 2022.
  11. ^ "मध्य प्रदेश के दिव्यांग स्विमर ने 11:34 घंटे में कैटलीना पटेल पार कर रचा इतिहास रचा".
  12. ^ "Madhya Pradesh Para Swimmer Crosses Catalina Channel, Creates History". 20 July 2019.
  13. ^ "बिन पैर सागर पार कर रचा इतिहास".
  14. ^ "Meet The Para Swimmer From Madhya Pradesh Who Created History By Crossing The English Channel". 31 December 2018.
  15. ^ "दोनों पैर से लाचार हैं ये शख्स, फिर भी 36 KM अरब सागर में तैरकर रचा इतिहास".
  16. ^ "शरीर से कमजोर पर कनाडा में मचाया धूम".
  17. ^ "Satendra wins Best Sportsperson award".

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