'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

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.

3 Comments:

  • At 10:40 AM, Blogger Albal said…

    Congratulations to Sascha on winning a Gold medal in Beijing. Sascha is such an inspiration and must be a brill guy. You must be so proud of him.

     
  • At 11:37 AM, Blogger Fiona said…

    Hey Sascha Jen and Fiona here - we have just watched your race and we are so proud of you, not a dry in the house, all the best for the rest and same to Nyree, lots of love, J and F xx

     
  • At 1:14 AM, Blogger Val said…

    Well done and well deserved. So is a Knighthood.

     

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