'The Golden Couple'

Sascha Kindred and Nyree Lewis, otherwise known as the 'golden couple' of disabled sport, are two of Great Britain's most successful paralympians of the last decade, amassing 20 Paralympic medals between them including an amazing 8 golds. I am the brother of Sascha and am tracking their progress from Athens 2004 to London 2012. Read about their journey to Paralympic Glory here!

Sunday, April 30, 2006

In the News

Sascha features in an article from todays Sunday Times which previews the upcoming World Cup in Manchester. Click on the images below to find out more...

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Thursday, April 27, 2006

COMPETITION!

Help Create The Golden Couple Logo

Hey you! Yes you! I need your help!

If you're between the age of 5 and 17, then I'd like you to help me design a logo for the Golden Couple Blog!

All I'm looking for is a simple logo that will be used on the Blog and any associated materials (t-shirts, caps, flags, badges, etc.) and to help you get started i've included a few hints that might help you below:

  • the words:'golden couple'
  • a gold medal
  • swimming
  • paralympics
  • britain

The winner will get the opportunity to meet Sascha and Nyree in person, aka 'The Golden Couple', and also go to see them swim in the trials for this years World Championships (Druban, South Afriaca), at Ponds Forge in Sheffield between 7th and 9th July. (You'll go to Sheffield - not Durban I'm afraid! : )

If you would like to enter, or you have any questions, simply email me at thegoldencouple@hotmail.com.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Paralympic World Cup 2006

1-7 May: Sascha & Nyree on this years event

With the success of last years paralympic world cup, sascha and nyree reflect on last year and give thoughts on this years event.

Sascha:

Last years event was very successful for me as i swam my number one event, the 100m breaststroke, and won a gold medal in front of a home crowd which was an amazing feeling. This year I'm entering the event in good form, and although I am not swimming in my number one event again, I will be swimming the 50m butterfly instead which I have slowly been improving in. It is a real opportunity to impress and I will give it 110% and see what happens. Hopefully I'll finish in the medals.


Nyree:

At last years inaugral event i was lucky to have 2 of my main events on the programme, the 100m backstroke and the 200m individual medley, where i won a gold and silver medal respectively. Unfortunately this year the only event that is being held for my classification (S6) is the 50m freestyle which is certainly not one of my strong events and therefore i have not been selected. It's a little dissapointing as I won a gold last year and this year I don't have the opportunity to swim, but as the event is only in it's second year and is not that big yet, the organisers have to choose a number of different events each year until it gets more popular. Despite this though i am still going to travel to manchester to support sascha and the rest of the team, and although
it will be strange being there in the stands watching rather than down on poolside with the team, I will get to experience the event from a different point of view and not have to think about the stress of racing, but just losing my voice cheering instead!

We hope that in the next few years the programme will improve as the swimming appears to have taken a step backwards from last year with many good events for british swimmers not being included. However, this years event will still be a big highlight for the swimmers who are competing as it is a key chance to race rivals from around the world (including the chinese) and prepare for the upcoming world championships in November, and of course, Beijing in 2008.


If you'd like to find out more about this years event, visit http://www.visaparalympicworldcup.com/.

You can also follow all the results at http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/other_sports/disability_sport/default.stm.

If you have any questions for Sascha and Nyree you can email: thegoldencouple@hotmail.com

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Back in time....20th September 2004

Another feature for this site is 'back in time' which will look at some of the events that have happened during both Sascha and Nyrees professional swimming careers so far. Many of these will be clippings and to see them in their full glory, just click on them and they will expand to a bigger, more readable size.

Enjoy!

Saturday, April 15, 2006

FACT #1

Kindred and Lewis are both classified as S6 in terms of their disabilities. Swimmers with a physical disability are all ranked from S1 to S10 with S1 the most severely disabled.

Friday, April 14, 2006

Nyree Lewis - Profiled

Nyree Lewis has been swimming since the age of 5 but only made her International debut in 1999 at the European Championships Braunchweig Germany. Since then Nyree has been one of the most successful British swimmers at international level. Nyree’s favoured event is the 100m Backstroke but also dominates the 100m Breaststroke and is in the top 3 in world at 200m Individual Medley and 400m Freestyle. Since her debut in 1999 Nyree has won 7 European Championship medals, 4 World Championship medals and 8 Paralympic Medals. She currently holds numerous British, European and World records.

Nyree’s biggest achievement is winning Gold in the 100m Backstroke at the Athens 2004 Paralympic games on her 24th birthday. Her biggest success outside of the Paralympics was becoming 100m Backstroke World champion at the 2002 World Championships in Mar Del Plata, Argentina. Here she also came away with another gold in the 4*50Medley relay and 2 silver medals in the 200m Individual Medley and 100m Breaststroke.

Athens was such an impressive games, thinking that it could never top Sydney it was still fantastic mind blowing and a very successful games.

The best day for Nyree was her 24th birthday as not only did she become Paralympic champion but Sascha kindred her partner retained his title in winning the 100m Breaststroke.

Since Athens there was the Paralympic World Cup in Manchester, it was the inaugural event and is to be held there for the next 3yrs. Here Nyree was keen to perform well and was up against all her rivals that were in Athens. The first race for her was the 200m IM where fellow team mate Natalie Jones was to again dominate to take the title, while Nyree repeated the positions to take the silver while fellow welsh team mate Liz Johnson took the bronze and an impressive british 1,2,3.

But Nyree soon took the honours in the 100m Backstroke to complete the event.

Now Nyree is in training for the numerous meets this year and is looking to qualify for the 2006 World Championships in Durban, South Africa.

Over all Nyree has won over 200 medals at British national championships including breaking 20 British Records, 1 European Record and 10 World Records.

The Fan Club Beginneth!


As Julie Andrews once sang, "Let's start from the very beginning, it's a very good place to start...," ..and so I will!

I am Timo Kindred (pictured), the twin brother of Sascha Kindred, half of the two person team that make up the 'Golden Couple' of disabled sport, with the other half being Sascha's partner, Nyree Lewis.

Sascha and Nyree, nicknamed the Golden Couple by the BBC and LOCOG (Make Britain Proud, pg 20)after their most recent successes at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens, are two of Great Britains most decorated disabled athletes having competed for Great Britain for over two decades, amassing over 50 Paralympic, World and European Championship medals between.

Now with Beijing 2008 fast approaching and further success inevitable, I felt it was high time that a website/blog was created to honour the 'Golden Couple' and their achievements so far whilst also looking towards Beijing 2008 and beyond, and as Sascha's twin and one of their most dedicated fans, whom better to take a stab.

To begin, I will shortly be posting a profile on both athletes which will give you an idea of the amazing successes they have achieved in their sporting careers so far.

Further posts and information will follow that will include:
  • history
  • competition previews/results
  • interviews
  • facts
  • fan club merchandise
  • your questions answered
  • competitions
  • and lots more

I hope you find my site fun and informative and I and look forward to receiving any feedback or suggestions that you have at thegoldencouple@hotmail.com.

Sascha Kindred - Profiled

Since 1993, Sascha Kindred OBE has been one of Britain's most successful Paralympic athletes, dominating in Breaststroke and Individual Medley (IM) events within his classification at major championships all over the world.

Overall, Sascha has won a total of six Paralympic, five World and eight European Championship Gold medals (39 medals in total including silver and bronze) and has represented Great Britain in four Paralympic Games (Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008) thus far. In addition, he currently holds a number of British, European, Paralympic and World records.


At the age of 15, Sascha represented Great Britain at his first major internationals, the World Championships in Malta 1994, where he won a bronze medal in the 100m SB7 Breaststroke. In 1996 Sascha made his Paralympic debut in Atlanta where he won a silver medal in the 100m SB7 Breaststroke.

Sascha continued to improve, winning no fewer than four gold, four silver, and five bronze medals at the 1997 & 1999 European and 1998 World Championships, as well as achieving two World Records. However, it was Sascha's performance in 2000 at the Sydney Paralympics which really put him on the map as he won two gold, one silver and one bronze medal, as well as breaking a Paralympic record in the 100m SB7 Breaststroke and a World Record in the 200m SM6 Individual Medley.


But it was his performance in 2000 at the Sydney Paralympics that Sascha considers his best results to date. "I won 2 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze medal as well as breaking a Paralympic record in the 100m breaststroke and a world record in the 200m IM. I couldn’t have been happier."

Sascha continued to go from strength to strength and in 2002 he was selected for the World Championships in Argentina where he won three gold and one silver medal, breaking two World and one European Record along the way. To top off the championship, Sascha was also voted World Male Swimmer of the year by his peers for his outstanding performance in the 200m Individual Medley.

In 2004 Sascha travelled to the Paralympic Games in Athens to defend the two titles he had won four years earlier. Sascha duly delivered as he went on to win the 100m SB7 Breaststroke and 200m SM6 Individual Medley events, as well as an additional bronze in the 4 x 50m 20 points freestyle relay.

In 2008 and at the age of 30, Sascha showed now signs of slowing down as he continued to break personal bests and set new records in his two favourite events, the 100m SB7 Breaststroke and the 200m SM6 Individual Medley as well as a relatively new event for him, the 50m S6 Butterfly.

But it was the Paralympic Games in Beijing that would yet be the pinnacle of his career. In September, Sascha travelled to Beijing in search of a double hat-rick of medals after his successes in Sydney and Athens. With competition stronger than ever, Sascha again raised the bar to new heights, winning both the 100m SB7 Breaststroke and the 200m SM6 Individual Medley in new World Record times, cementing his place as one of Britain's finest Paralympic swimmers of all time. Sascha then added a bronze to his medal tally in the 50m S6 Butterfly to add the icing to the cake.

Sascha has received many accolades for his sporting achievements, not least an OBE in the 2009 New Year’s Honours List. In addition, Sascha has twice been named Senior Sportsman of the Year by Herefordshire Council, has received an award for Outstanding Achievement by British Swimming and was voted Disabled Sportsperson of the Year 2007 in the BBC Midlands Sports Awards.

Overall Sascha has won over 350 medals at British National Championships and broken 20 British Records, 2 European Records and numerous World Records. He is currently still the World Record holder in the 100m SB7 Breaststroke and 200m SM6 Individual Medley events.