'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!

Monday, July 31, 2006

Coming up.........Timo interviews the coach

Since their move earlier in the year to Hereford to train with their previous swimming coach Emma Patrick, Sascha and Nyree seem to have found a new 'lust' for the sport again which has been dodging them for some time. The old will they, won't they go onto Beijing and perhaps even London, was something that I don't even think they were certain with a year ago.

But now, with a new training regime seeming to work wonders for both athletes, shown by their recent British, European and World Records in the pool, Sascha and Nyree appear to have settled back into things and are heading for a collision course with the World Championships in Durban later this year, and Beijing in 2008.

I managed to grab 15 minutes with Emma Patrick recently to ask her a few questions about their progress, and what it was like to be coaching the Golden Couple again.

Read her interview this week, here.........

Thursday, July 27, 2006

In the Media...

This is a new addition to my site in which I will sometimes pick coverage within the news that relates to the disabled sports or the paralympics in some way.

My first link is from the BBC which talks about fund boost for recruiting top new athletes capable of winning medals in the 2012 medals. Any news like this is a positive step for disabled sport and the paralympics. Let's hope it paves the way for youngsters around the country to try things that they otherwise would never have dreamt of. If Sascha and Nyree can do it, so can you!!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/other_sports/disability_sport/5218330.stm

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

FACT #3

Did you know......?

Sascha still holds the junior record for his favourite event, the 100m breast stroke?

Yes, he has held it since 1995 and it still stands at 1 min 32.84 seconds.

He also holds the 50m breast stroke record which still stands at 42.52 seconds.

He is now 28 years old, and has held them both since he was 17!!!


Friday, July 14, 2006

Golden Couple Pictures

You may not know, but the golden couple have a second site which shows pictures of the golden couple in action or on duty. There are only a few at the moment, but I will be posting more from their upcoming events, and from the past. I will also post interesting images from the press, websites, newspapers that I see so keep a look out! I've put the first 3 images below, but to see more, you can visit www.goldencouplepics.blogspot.com.










If you'd like a signed picture at all, just request one from thegoldencouple@hotmail.com. Any donations for this would be appreciated and would go 50-50 to Hemihelp and funds towards getting both families to Beijing in 2008.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

In the News - 13th July 2006






Record-breakers are poised for world bid

HEREFORD paralympians Sascha Kindred and Nyree Lewis have all but booked their places on the British team to compete at the Swimming World Championships in Durban, South Africa, later in the year after impressive outings in Sheffield at the weekend.

The pair bagged four golds and a silver between them, setting British, European and World record times and securing qualifying times for the World Champs in four disciplines at the Disability National Open Championships.

Kindred posted a world record time of 1.22.98 in the 100m breaststroke as he won gold and met the World Championship qualifying time.

He repeated the feat in the 200m individual medley with a time just 0.1 of a second off his own world record mark.

And he set a British record in the 50m freestyle, in which he won silver after finishing behind German Sebastian Iwanow.

Kindred's girlfriend Lewis won gold in the 100m breaststroke with a world record 1.27.81 and touched home first in the 400m freestyle to set a European record.

Both times were under the World Championship qualifying mark.

The swimming aces head back to the Ponds Forge pool in four weeks for another championships after which the British team for Durban will be confirmed.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Records Tumble for Golden Couple in Sheffield

It's a proud moment when Sascha and Nyree win medals and break records, but for a number of years now I've always asked Sascha if he could just shave a few milliseconds off one of his world records (just one, I'm not greedy) when I'm in attendance watching him. So what happens this weekend at the British Championships in Sheffield between the 7th and 9th July? He does it again, whilst I'm sitting comfortably at home in London having a barbecue in the garden! Now I've had enough!

I'm kidding of course about having enough, but I'll continue to wait for the day for it to come and am confident that he, and Nyree, will do the business in Beijing in 2008, in ALL of their events (no pressure!).

So to this weekend. You could say that this was the golden couples biggest event so far this year, and certainly their biggest since their move to Hereford to train with their long time coach, Emma Patrick. Now, with the World Championships in Durban, South Africa looming, and qualifying times to make, the pressure was definately on.

Read how they did on each day......

Day 1

First up was Nyree in the 400 freestyle heats, and with a new training regime now firmly under their belts, it was time to do business.

The heats saw Nyree swim 6 mins and 0.08 seconds, a new European record and a personal best. An excellent result, until she went even faster in the finals with a time of 5 mins 58.08 seconds, another European record and personal best.

Up next was Sascha in the 100 breast stroke, his favourite event which has given him tonnes of success since Atlanta 1996. Not to be beaten with records tumbling by his other half, Sascha went out in a solid time of 1 min and 24 seconds in the heats, but then suprised everyone with a world record swim of 1 min 22.98 seconds in the final.

With the World Championships only 6 months away, both swims had impressed and their seats to Durban were firmly in their sights.


Day 2

Only Sascha swam today, and in his least favourite event, the 50m freestyle. Although not his favourite, Sascha has had success in this event when swimming in the 4 x 50m relay at major championships, winning several medals through the years. Was now the time to prove himself at freestyle too? It certainly looked that way in the heats as Sascha posted a time of 33.44 seconds, just outside his personal best. But the best was still to come as Sascha went even faster in the final with a new personal best and yet another British record of 33.06 seconds.


Day 3

Today was Nyree's favourite event, the 100m backstroke. In the heats, Nyree swam just outside her own world record. Nyree clearly had more in the tank and for the finals decided to give it everything and go for the record. Storming ahead of the rest of the field, Nyree suprised even herself, smashing her existing world record in a time of 1 min 27.81 seconds. (by now I can only imagine that the crowd were bowing down in amazement!)


Sascha's other main event, the 200 Individual Medley was last but not least. Swimming as the reigning World Record Holder, Paralympic, and World Chamion, Sascha set off in the heats in a comfortable time of 2 mins 48.88 seconds. He then decided to go for it in the final, and started off at a blistering pace, well inside world record time. But then with a terrible turn from breast to front crawl, which knocked nearly half a second off his time, Sascha finished a 0.10 seconds outside his world record time in 2 mins 47.56 seconds. If only! (maybe he'll smash it with me watching next time - wink).


IN conclusion, the British trials were fantastic for both Sascha and Nyree, whom both secured the necessary qualifying times for the World Championships. The offical team won't be announced until next month (August 8th), but it looks like Sascha & Nyree will head to Durban to defend their World titles yet again. Watch this space!


If you'd like to email Sascha or Nyree just write to thegoldencouple@hotmail.com.

Linkd to coverage:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/other_sports/disability_sport/5147988.stm

http://www.britishswimming.org