'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!

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

1 Comments:

  • At 5:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Keep up the good work. thnx!
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