'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, March 31, 2007

ASA British Long Course Championships - Manchester

This week has seen Sascha and Nyree travel to Manchester to swim in the ASA British Long Course Championships in Manchester.

Both are swimming in a number of events which you can keep track of at:


All the disability events swum over the weekend are Multi Disability (MD), which means that swimmers from different classifications swim against one another. There are a couple of reasons for this which include that there may not be enough swimmers at the competition to have finals for each classification, and to increase competition as the winner isn't always the swimmer who finishes first, but instead the swimmer who gets closest to the world record from their own classification.

So for example, the world record in the 100m SB7 Breaststroke which Sascha holds is 1:22.77. In the same event but for an SB6 the World Record is 1:27.04 held by Sascha's team mate Gareth Duke. Now, if they both swim in the same MD event, yet sascha finishes ahead of Gareth in a time of 1:23.77, yet Gareth finishes in a time of 1:27.10, Gareth would win the event as he finished closest to his World Record and would pick up more points. This way, the competition is always very high, the times are quick and, there is often a chance of one or more World Records being set in the event. If I've lost you here - feel free to ask me any quesitons. Also, if you see 1000 points or more anywhere, it means a World Record has been broken (you might see this below!).

Anyway, so far Sascha and Nyree have had good success at this year's championships. Here are some of the results:

01/03/2007 - Mens 200m Individual Medley MD Final:

1st - Sascha Kindred (S7) - 2:49.28 MD points = 946
2nd - Robert Welbourn (S10) - 2:24.58 MD points = 827
3rd - David Ellis (13) - 2:30.56 MD points = 798

31/03/07 - Mens 50m MD Butterfly Final:

1st - Sascha Kindred (S6) - 34.64 MD points = 824
2nd - Graham Edmunds (S10) - 30.18 MD points = 714

31/03/07 - Womens 100m MD Freestyle Final:

1st - Danielle Watts (S1) - 2:56.49 MD points = 988
8th - Nyree Lewis (S6) - 1:29.50 MD points = 648

30/03/07 - Mens 100m MD Breaststroke Final:

1st - Sascha Kindred (SB7) - 1:24.44 MD points = 942
2nd - Gareth Duke (SB6) - 1:30.91 MD points = 878
3rd - Callum Lawson (SB9) - 1:16.88 MD points = 792

30/03/07 - Womens 50m Backstroke Final:

1st - Nyree Lewis (S6) - 43.79 MD points = 1097 - WORLD RECORD!
2nd - Danielle Watts (S1) - 1:25.38 MD points = 893
3rd - Kate Grey (S9) - 37.05 MD points = 769

29/03/07 - Mens 50m MD Breaststroke Final:

1st - Gareth Duke (SB6) - 41.16 MD points = 996
2nd - Sascha Kindred (SB7) - 39.30 MD points = 962
3rd - David Ellis (SB13) - 33.55 MD points = 852

29/03/07 - Womens 100m Backstroke Final:

1st - Nyree Lewis (S6) - 1:31.31 MD points - 889
2nd - Heather Frederiksen (S6) - 1:34.72 MD points - 796
3rd - Emma Cattle (S10) - 1:21.02 MD points - 708

Overall, very impressive swims by both Sascha and Nyree, and a MASSIVE well done to Nyree for yet another World Record!

Over and out!


  • At 11:07 PM, Anonymous Beatrice said…

    Congratulations to both of you and particularly to you Nyree, on your World Record!!! Well done, I am very proud of you!!!
    lots of love


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