'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!

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.

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