'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!

Sunday, July 15, 2007

An update from the guys...

Wow it really has been a good few weeks since our last update. So here goes, quite a bit has happened since the Paralympic World Cup.

Starting with the International meet at Sheffield where we both had some solid swims from one of our favourite venues. Sascha swam within a second of his best on both the 200IM and the 100m Breaststroke which he was very pleased with considering this was the second weekend of racing in a row. I swam a very good 400m freestyle with a very positive result in the finals. My main event of the 100m Backstroke was a little off what I was hoping for but it was still a good swim and it gives information for both myself and our coach to work off.

Just 3 days later we were off to Berlin for the German Open Nationals which was a bit of a mixed event. Sascha had to fly back home to England as soon as he had landed. As well as having his baggage lost, he had some bad news regarding his family and needed to be with his family at that time.

So I went on to Berlin International swimming pool with the rest of the Great Britain Squad without Sascha.
The event went pretty well with me breaking 2 world records throughout the weekend, the first being in the 50m Backstroke which I managed to break in both the heats and the finals. I was very pleased to get the world record back in my name. The second World record was in the 200m Backstroke where I broke my own world record by quite a margin. However, again my main event of the 100m Backstroke was slightly off so again there is certainly some work to be done.

Away from competing but still on the subject of swimming we have both had 5 big weeks of training with high meterage so we both feel in pretty good shape ahead of the ASA Youth Championships at the end of this month.

Last week we took part in the ‘Get Safe for Summer’ initiative which is run by the ASA and promotes children learning the safety aspects of being near open water during the summer months. We helped to teach children safety such as wading rescues, treading water, CPR, submersion and other key water skills. The children had a very good enjoyable day and learnt a lot so that they are aware of the dangers that the water throw at them. The children were also fortunate to meet the local fire brigade who came to explain to them the things that they have to do when children get into danger. All this took place at our local swimming pool, the Leominster Leisure Centre.

This week Sascha will be driving up to North Wales to take part in a regional initiative which is bigger than the local one we did at Leominster. Here there will be press and a lot more children taking part. Sascha has been asked to be the ‘Celebrity’ at this particular event and will actually be the dummy in some the demonstrations.
I have also recently taken the ASA Assistant Swimming teachers course (Level 1) therefore I am now more aware of the basics of teaching children/adults to swim. I am currently awaiting my results.

Keep watching this space for results of the ASA Youth Championships from Sheffield which is luckily not under water due to the floods.

Nyree