'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!

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Sascha and Nyree named in 'TOP SWIMMERS' lists

News from Durban, South Africa:

Sascha:

"New team members got their first GB caps yesterday so we welcomed them onto the team. They're very nice caps this year and I will send an image of one of them shortly. I am swimming pretty quick in training and Nyree is swimming even quicker so I'd better pull my socks up!! Otherwise all is well."

That's the latest news from Durban. Sascha and Nyree also tell me that the list of 'Top Swimmers' male and female were handed out a couple of days ago. This list shows who too watch out for in the World Championships and both Sascha and Nyree are on them. See below.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

News from Durban...

Sascha's promised to keep us all updated with how their training is going and I received a text from him this morning saying that all is going well thus far.

Sascha and Nyree are hitting all their target times in training before the championships begin next month and they're both feeling quietly confident.

They're currently training at a pool at Crawford School which is an outdoor pool (clearly I'm not jealous at all!) and is solely for the use of the Great Britain team giving them fantastic pool time. Sascha reliably tells me it is the nicest pool in the area as well.

The pool pictured on the right is the Kings Park pool in Durban where the World Championships will take place.

They are both staying in the Southern Sun Hotel on the beach front overlooking the Indean Oceon (pictured below). If you look really closely you can just about see them relaxing in their 500 acre room with jaccuzi, giant plasma screen and 4 poster bed!! The hotel even has a beauty salon so I know where Sascha will be when he has a few moments out from training (he he!)

Sascha said, "Hi to all at home. The good news is that we're both swimming really well and we're also both in great shape. Just over a week to go now and we'll be doing our best to make sure we bring home the bacon for GB!"

For now, that's over and out. More news soon!

Monday, November 20, 2006

More Coverage....

Hello all!

Sascha told me that you can also hopefully watch some of the Swimming World Championships at www.paralympicsport.tv.

Currently they have some old coverage on there, but I will update you nearer the time to confirm that they are showing some of it.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

BBC Coverage - World Championships

BBC CONFIRMS WORLD EVENT COVERAGE

The BBC has confirmed its coverage of the International Paralympic Committee World Swimming Championships taking place in Durban from 2-7 December.

As well as daily highlights planned for its online disability sport pages, the Championship will also feature as part of a larger swimming package (including footage from the European Short Course Championships) on BBC Grandstand on Sunday 10 December.

Further coverage is expected on BBC interactive on the opening weekend of competition (2-3 December). Full details will be available on www.bbc.co.uk.


Thursday, November 16, 2006

On Form for the World Championships

Nyree and Sascha are certainly on form for the coming world swimming championships after racing personal best times and world records at the DSE Short course nationals. The meet was their last chance to race before heading out to Durban in just one weeks time.

Sascha started the weekend off breaking the 100m IM World Record by over 2secs then that afternoon setting another World Record in the 200m IM. During that same afternoons session Nyree swam the 400freestyle smashing the World Record to make their total of 3 World Records in one day.


Read the Hereford Times article below.

Record-breaking Paralympians are ready to take on the world
By Richard Prime

HEREFORDSHIRE'S Paralympian swimming duo are heading off to the IPC World Championships in good heart after gold-medal laden, world record-breaking displays at the British National Short Course Championships.

Sascha Kindred and Nyree Lewis proved their form with nine gold medals between them - and three new world records - in Sheffield.

Kindred picked up six golds and a silver and set new world-best marks in the 100 and 200m individual medley events while Lewis broke the world record in the 400m freestyle as well as picking up three gold medals and a bronze.

"The short course championships take place in a 25m pool, which is the same as the one we train at in Leominster, while the World Championships in Durban are in a 50m pool," said Kindred.

"But it shows that we are both in good shape for South Africa."

Kindred and Lewis will be heading out for South Africa on November 20 to attend a 12-day training camp before getting down to the serious business of the World Championships which begin on December 2.

"I am taking part in three events - the 50m butterfly, the 100m breaststroke and the 200m individual medley," said Kindred. "I shall be hoping to defend my titles in the 100m breaststroke and the 200m IM and to pinch a medal in the 50m butterfly.

"Nyree is the defending champion in the 100m backstroke and is also taking part in the 400m freestyle, the 200m individual medley and the 100m breaststroke.

"We are both also taking part in the relays."

The 33-strong British team will be looking for a good medal haul but expect to face tough opposition from the sport's top performers from China, Australia and Canada.

"The Chinese, in particular, will be looking to put in a strong showing before the Olympics in Beijing, but we are looking forward to it," said 28-year-old Kindred.

The British squad certainly have something to live up to as, at the last world championships in Argentina in December 2002, the squad won 76 medals, 32 of them gold, to finish top of the medals table.

The Herefordshire pair will be expecting to be part of the British squad to go to the 2008 games and acknowledge that they are being given the best preparation in their medal aspirations.

"The British team is well funded which means that we are able to do pre-event training camps," said Kindred. "In January, we are heading off to Macao, which is in the same part of the world as China and that will give us a chance to get used to the conditions and the food."

Kindred and Lewis are both classed as S6 in terms of their disabilities. Swimmers with a physical disability are all ranked from S1 to S10 with S1 the most severely disabled.

Between them, Kindred and 26-year-old Lewis hold 22 British, 13 European and 12 World records.