My name is Christopher Gray, I am 17 years old and would really like to play college level water polo in the US. I love playing polo and would like to take my passion further in a competitive sporting environment like the United States. I am a hard worker and will always do what is necessary to succeed. I get along well with my teammates and am a team player. I prioritise my academics and continuously strive to improve.
SAT Total Score
South African U17 National team 2021.
Central Gauteng Provincial A-team 2016 to 2022.
St John's College 1st team 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022.
OJ Eagles Water Polo Club 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022.
- KES National Water Polo Tournament 2022 (Johannesburg) - gold medalists (St John's College 1st team)
- St Andrews College National Water Polo Tournament 2022 (Makhanda) - silver medalists (St John's College 1st team)
- Inter Provincial Tournament 2021 (Cape Town) - silver medalists - (Central Gauteng A-team)
- EU Nations Water Polo Tournament 2021 (Brno, Czech Republic) - gold medalists (South African U17 National Team)
- Saint's National Invitational Tournament 2021 (Johannesburg) - silver medalists (St John's College 1st team)
- Clifton National Water Polo Tournament 2021 (Durban) - gold medalists (St John's College 1st team)
Additional sporting info
Swimming A team throughout high school (swimming vice-captain 2021/2022).
Recreational open water swimmer.
Proficient snow and water skier.
Swimming: 50m freestyle 26.5s.
Swimming: 100m freestyle 58.0s.
What makes you different?
I always put the team above my own interests and I am a generous player. I am versatile, both on attack and defence. I do well in high-pressure situations and I’m very committed to my goals and to my team. I have a good work ethic, never give up and have always gotten on well with my teammates.
Why do you want to compete in college?
I feel as though the college sporting experience is the best place for me to continue in a similar, if not better, environment to the school sports programs in South Africa. I also feel that college sport is the best place for me to improve my abilities under experienced college coaches, while competing against challenging opposition. College water polo will also allow me to further my passion for the sport.
I would like to eventually make it into the starting 7 of my college team and return to my home country to potentially trial for the South African senior national team.
High school https://www.stjohnscollege.co.za/