'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!

Friday, December 08, 2006

Day 6: Sascha adds two further bronzes to medal tally

Today was the final day of the IPC World Championships and both Sascha and Nyree were hoping to finish in style by adding further medals to their already hefty tally of four golds and one bronze.

Sascha's first race came in the 50m Metre S6 Butterfly, an event which he has been improving in all year. Back in May during the Visa Paralympic World Cup in Manchester, Sascha stormed to victory beating the current world record holder Igor Plotnikov in a new British Record.

However, neither Sascha or Igor could match the speed shown by Peng Li whom finished in a time of 32:62, one second ahead of Plotnikov in second place, with Sascha coming in third in a time of 34.01. Big respect has to go to Sascha for this result as before his improvement this year he was never even in the top 10 of this event, yet now he must surely consider this as another event to concentrate on for Beijing 2008. It will be difficult as due to his disability he only uses his left arm in the butterfly and therefore it is much more prone to injury, but let's keep our fingers crossed hey!

Later in the day, the British 200m Medley Relay quartet of Anthony Stephens, Gareth Duke, Sascha Kindred and Kenny Cairns managed to win a fruther bronze for GB and their own personal collections. They finished behind Brazil and Spain in first and second respectively. WELL DONE TO THEM ALL.

Results from Day 6: http://images.supersport.co.za/IPCSwimChamps2006FinalsDay6Summary.pdf

BBC: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/other_sports/disability_sport/6219860.stm

Roundup of the event including performances from other GB swimmers and statistics coming soon...

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Day 5: Sascha breaks own 200IM WR to win Gold. Nyree adds bronze in 200IM.

Well he's done it again! Sascha wins his second gold of the competition shaving over a second off his own 200m Individual Medley World Record to finish in 2:46.20. I'm not entirely sure how he keeps lowering it, but I he has recently attached a propeller to his back which somewhat helps! I'm not sure really what else to say but that I'm very impressed and obviously very proud. Matt Whorwood and Gareth Duke swam impressively to lead home a clean sweep for Great Britain by finishing 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Nyree also added to her medal tally with a bronze in the 200m Individual Medley Final. The event was always going to be tough with her main rival, also from GB, Nathalie Jones swimming too. Jones produced a devastating performance to break her own World Record (once held by Nyree) and finish with a time of 3:16.70 whilst Fuying Jiang from China pushed Nyree into 3rd place. Nyree finished in a time of 3:23.28.

Well done to them both!

BBC Coverage: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/other_sports/disability_sport/6215732.stm

Day five results: http://images.supersport.co.za/IPCSwimChamps2006FinalsDay5Summary.pdf

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Day 4: Nyree storms to 2nd Gold!

Well, as if the championships for Nyree and Sascha hadn't brought enough surprises already!

Nyree has only gone and made up for the dissapointment of Sunday's swim with a mightily impressive swim in the 400m freestyle.

Nyree stormed to gold ahead of current World Record holder Doramitzi Gonzalez in a time of 6:04.46 to claim her second gold of the championships. Gonzalez finished second in a time of 6:07.35.

The time was some way outside of the World Record but it was an outstanding swim none the less. Nyree was clearly ecstatic saying, "I was hoping for a medal and maybe to sneak the gold, but actually getting the gold and beating Doramitzi is a totally fantastic feeling and I'm over the moon."

BBC Coverage: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/other_sports/disability_sport/6212240.stm

Monday, December 04, 2006

Day 3: Sascha breaks 100m Breast stroke WR and wins GOLD.....Again! - AND - GB relay team disqualified.

Well, Sascha's done it again! (Not Britney this time!) Not only has he won yet another gold, yet another World Title and yet another trillion plaudits, he's gone and broken his own 100m Breast Stroke World Record yet again to win gold in a time of 1:22.77 (his old record stoold at 1:22.94). Sascha's main rivials Tomatora Nakamura from Japan and Peng Li from China posted faster times in the heats with 1:26.51 each, compared to Sascha's 1:27.61 so there was plenty of work to do. But Sascha wasn't about to be beaten and proved again why he's the world's number 1.

And I remember the day when we was swimming mid 1:30's!

I got a text from him saying "World Champion. 1:22.77. Sorry bro. Will be on grand stand on Sunday." Just to clear the apology up, it's a long standing joke between us that he never breaks the World Record when I or our mother Beatice are around, therefore maybe I need to reconsider travelling to Beijing in 2008! And maybe if I never turn up at a race he could keep breaking World Records until he's 80!

Anyway, well done Sascha 'the streamlined superfish' Kindred for yet again defending your World Title. If there's a proud person on this planet, there's certainly none prouder than your bro, and our mother of course.

Sascha said, “I knew from the heat that I had the speed to do it tonight,” he said. “I had a fast first 50m this morning and I knew from the training I’ve been doing that I would be able to hold on this evening. On the last 25m I thought ‘this is my one opportunity to win gold’ and I didn’t give up.

“My current form is down to my coach Emma Patrick who took me on again at the start of the year and has revitalised my swimming career. I’m nearly 29 and I should be past it, but I’m still getting quicker. It just goes to show that if you’re prepared to put the work in there’s always room for improvement.”

There was bad news to come later in the evening as the Great Britain 200m LC Freestyle Relay Team including Kenneth Cairns, Gareth Duke, Anthony Stephens and Sascha Kindred were unfortunately disqualified in the final of their race due to a faulty turn. They'll clearly be dissapointed with the results after finishing in second place but hopefully they will put this one behind them and continue winning more medals during the rest of the competition.

BBC Coverage: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/other_sports/disability_sport/6208506.stm

Day 2 - Nyree 5th in 100m Breast stroke

A suprise result from Durban last night as newcomer Kirsten Bruhn from Germany stormed her way to gold in the 100m SB5 Breast stroke. Her time of 1:43.36 in the heats shattered Nyree's World Record by nearly 7 seconds, which she then broke again in the final with a time of 1:43.22.

Nyree was lying in 3rd after the heats with a time of 1:59.00 but found the pace too much in the final finishing 5th and outside of the medals in a time of 2:05.35. She was clearly dissapointed with her swim but now looks onto her next even the 400m freestyle in which she has a great chance to take a medal.

Tonight, Sascha swims in one of his favourite events, the 100m SB7 breast stroke, an event in which he has only been beaten in once in the last 6 years, but he faces stiff competition from his usual Japanese and Chinese rivals who will push him all the way. Is yet another World Record on the cards??? The odds look good.

The GB team are doing pretty well as a whole and friend Mathew Walker is also in the mix of medals with a bronze in the 100m S7 freestyle.

Read further news at:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/other_sports/disability_sport/6204982.stm

http://www.dissa.co.za/default.asp?AID=198544

http://www.britishswimming.org/vsite/vcontent/page/newslist/0,8506,5026-178077-195295-28293-news-list,00.html

For full Day 1 and 2 results see: http://www.dissa.co.za/default.asp?cId=12938&cl=yes

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Nyree wins first GOLD!

Well, the waiting is over aand last night saw Nyree win her first gold medal of the games after coming back strongly on the second length of her 100m backstroke event.

Going into the second length more than 1 second behind, Nyree had the strength to come back and overtake her Chinese rival Fuying Jiang. Sascha says that Nyree raced really well and felt very strong. Much of the strength and stamina training that they have both been doing is clearly paying off.

Nyree said, "It was really hard in there but I felt stronger tonight and after this morning I knew I had to step it up a gear," she said. "I wasn't far off my world record and I would have liked to lower that in the final but at the end of the day, the result of the race is more important. I'm looking forward to my next event now and performing strongly there too."

Nyree swims again tonight in another of her strong events - the 100m breast stroke. Sascha swims for the first time tomorrow.

Read more about how the rest of the team did at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/other_sports/disability_sport/6203090.stm

The BBC also site Sascha and Nyree as two of the swimmers to watch at the championships. Read more at:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/other_sports/disability_sport/6195008.stm

Watch live at: www.paralympicsport.tv

There will be coverage today on BBC interactive between 15:00 and 17:00. Sascha mentioned that he and Nyree will be a main feature at somepoint.

Friday, December 01, 2006

Dear Golden Couple followers.....

FYI

Sascha will be swimming in 3 main events (50m Butterfly, 100m Breast stroke and 200m Individual Medley).

Nyree will be swimming in 4 main events (100m Backstroke, 100m Breast stroke, 400m Freestyle and 200m Individual Medley).

Both will also be swimming in relays (will update you with details shortly).

I have listed the schedule of when they are swimming Below. This includes details of the time and holder of the current world record.

Remember that the BBC will be showing coverage on the 3rd, 7th and 20th. You can also watch highlights every night from 23:00 at
www.paralympicssport.tv.

ENJOY!


Saturday 2nd December
Nyree swimming in:100m Backstroke – Class S6

World & British Record Holder – Nyree Lewis
Time: 1:27.81

Sunday 3rd December
Nyree swimming in:

100m Breast stroke – Class SB5
World & British Record Holder – Nyree Lewis
Time: 1:50.06

Monday 4th December
Sascha swimming in
:
100m Breast stroke – Class SB7
World & British Record Holder – Sascha Kindred
Time: 1:22.98

Tuesday 5th December
Nyree swimming in:

400m Freestyle – Class S6
World Record Holder – Doramitzi Gonzalez
Time: 5:49.18

Wednesday 6th December
Sascha swimming in:

200 Individual Medley – Class SM6
World & British Record Holder – Sascha Kindred
Time: 2:47.46

Nyree swimming in:
200m Individual Medley – Class SM6
World & British Record Holder – Natalie Jones
Time: 3:17.39

Thursday 7th December
Sascha swimming in:

50m Butterfly – Class S6
World Record Holder – Igor Pltonikov
Time: 32.51
British Record Holder – Sascha Kindred
Time: 33.02

Further World Champs Coverage Announced on BBC...

The BBC has confirmed further coverage of the IPC World Swimming Championships which kick off this Saturday (2 December) and run to the 7 December in Durban. Digital viewers in the UK can watch live coverage of the action as part of the BBC’s interactive service. Coverage is scheduled from 3-5pm on Sunday 3 December and from 3-4.30pm on Thursday 7 December (both UK time).

Each day, a five-minute highlights programme will be available to view online on the BBC disability sport pages. The Championships 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.

An event preview featuring National Performance Director Tim Reddish and British swimmer Matthew Whorwood will be broadcast on BBC Radio 5 on Thursday 30 November between 9.30pm and 10pm.


Source: BBC