'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, May 07, 2006

In the News - 6th May 2006

Sascha breaks own British Record to win in Manchester

Yesterday saw the build up to the 2nd Visa Paralympic World Cup come to a spectacular end with Sascha Kindred beating the favourites and his own British Record in a high quality field for the S6 50m Butterfly event.

Having broken the British record only 4 weeks earlier and moving up the rankings to third in the World, Sascha entered the event in superb form, but with the World record holder also in the race, he was always knowledgable that he'd have to pull something special out of the bag to win.

Sascha was drawn in an outside lane and started off well but was pressed to keep up with the flying start by Xu of China and the world record holder Igor. But as the field began to tire, and with his rivals in his sight, Sascha's stamina showed as he stormed ahead to finish in a time of 33.02 seconds, beating his previous best by 0.7 seconds.

Sascha was clearly over the moon and said, "I've worked very hard on my butterfly over the past two years and I'm finally reaping the rewards and hopefully it will help me in my medley racing."

"This is probably my number three event and I finished sixth in Athens so this is a huge boost for me ahead of the World Championships in South Africa later this year."

There was also other success for the pool for Sascha's fellow brits including:

Gold: Andrew Lindsay, Matt Walker, Jim Anderson
Silver: Natalie Jones, James Crisp
Bronze: Anthony Stephens, Claire Cashmore

To read more on the BBC's disability sport site, visit:


http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/other_sports/disability_sport/default.stm.

Sascha's response to his impressive swim will be posted shortly.

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