'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!

Saturday, September 30, 2006

NYREE AND SASCHAS BUILD UP TO WORLDS

It is now September and yes doesn’t time fly. Firstly it was Nyree’s birthday last week, wow 2 years ago she was winning a gold medal and so was Sascha at the Athens Paralympic Games during the same time! See what I mean about time flying?

The next thing for us is the Welsh Nationals down at the Swansea National pool on the 7th and 8th October which is their last chance to swim long course before the worlds. In some respects it’s a test for us as it will be less than 2 months before we are racing again for the real deal, with both of us wanting to retain our medals and put a marker down for Beijing in 2008.

A team get together follows this meet where the final preparations, introductions for the young members and some vital relay practice.

Then the last event before we fly out to South Africa on 20th November is the DSE (Disability Sport England) short course nationals. This is where everyone swims in regions and earn points per race. There’s always rivalry and it's a great competition for everyone. There shouldn't be too much pressure on us for this event and is held at just the right time to allow for some final race preparations prior to the World Championships.

The World Championships takes place December 2nd- December 9th and the team fly out to Durban, South Africa on November for a 10 day preparation camp. Here all the swimmers get a chance to acclimatise to the heat, food, environment etc. It is a vital part of everyone’s race preparations and for any key elements to be perfected prior to the Championships.

Hopefully this preperation over the next couple of months is going to keep us in peak condition all the way to the finish line of the final event in Durban. The way that we've performed this year under our new coach and training has been very positive and we've set ourselve high targets in all of our events. There's no room for any mistakes now and we're both seeking golds in all our main events.

Once the World Championships are over, we'll be looking to go away and relax on holiday to one of our most recent and favourite destinations. It's already booked so we don't have to worry about it now and boy, we can't wait. We'll tell you more shortly but now it's back in the pool!

Sascha & Nyree

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

37 days to a post. Interesting? Not quite as interesting as....

I always said that when I'd start this site I wouldn't leave it too long before the next post, and although it hasn't seemed to long, when I think about it, it has been some time, and these points put the time into perspective:
  • It's been 37 days!
  • That's 888 hours!
  • Or 53,280 minutes! In this time, Sascha or Nyree could have swam roughly 43,600 200m IM races non stop! That's 174,400 lengths of racing.
  • Both Sascha and Nyree have swam 164km (164,000 metres) - excluding competitions
  • They've travelled over 1500 miles to and from training
  • Sascha & Nyree have been training 49 times, of which 8 sessions are in the gym. Each session is between 1.5 and 2 hours long, usually twice a day.
  • Sascha has eaten roughly 20 dishes of pasta or jacket potatoes.
  • Nyree and Sascha have eaten over 200 wine gums
  • Nyree has written roughly 141 times in her diary (much to Sascha's delight!!!)
  • I've spent over 200 hours at a computer at work and home, and didn't manage to update my blog!

Anyway, now that I'm back, I'll be starting to write more regularly again, starting with a small piece from Sascha and Nyree themselves about the build up to the World Championships, and their planned holiday afterwards - one that I'm very very jealous of! Find out where their going here in a few days!

Over and out!