'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, September 09, 2007

A mixture of this and that...

Well, I can't believe it's been two months since my last post! Doesn't time fly and thank god a glint of summer has finally arrived!! As it's been so long, I just thought that I'd write a few things on here that have happened in the last couple of months, a mixture of this and that really and I will be aiming to put some more regular posts up now going forward.

Firstly and most recently, Sascha has just come back from the Japan National Championships in Osaka with his head coach Lars Humer as he was invited to race against his main rivals in his tops events, the 100M Breast Stroke, the 50M Butterfly and the 200M Individual Medley. This included Tomotaro Nakumura who is Sascha's main rival in the 100M Breast Stroke. The meet was a good event for Sascha and he did very well. I'll be posting another item shortly with an exact update of how he did during his time there.

In other news, a great initiative has been set up by the British Swimming Association called 'Convert to Gold' (click here for their web page). Basically, British Swimming has enlisted a top team of Paralympians and Olympians to help guide some of Britain's most promising athletes, whether they be new or old, to gold in Beijing. Seven athletes have been selected for the Convert to Gold Programme including Sascha and Nyree's good friend Matthew Walker, plus experienced swimmers Claire Cashmore and Rob Welbourne, and newcomers Heather Frederiksen, Sam Hynd, Simon Miller and David Ellis. Paralympic stars Giles Long and Mark Woods will, along with Olympic stars Graeme Smith and and Sarah Price will help them on their journey to gold so good luck to them all.

The BBC have a couple of interesting articles up on their pages this month. Firstly there is an update on how China is doing in the preperation for next years Paralympics entitled 'China's Paralympic Challenge'. Plus, there is also an opinion piece which discusses whether GB will drop in the Paralympic Ranks due to increased competition in disability sport around the world, especially China. Personally I think we still have so much talent out there that we should still set ourselves high expectations and although it is clear that China will probably top both the Olympic and Paralympic medal tabls, we should still be aiming to get as close to them as possible, especially within the paralympic medal table where we should be aiming to achieve 2nd as we did in Athens during 2004 with 35 golds, 30 silvers and 29 bronzes.

Aside from that, there are a few other interesting bits and bobs that I thought i'd write about.

As many of you probably now know, there's a certain site called 'FACEBOOK' that's becoming quite popoular. If you're a member and interested in going to the games next year, I've started up a group called 'GOING TO BEIJING' which so far has 18 members. It's basically a group set up by me for freinds, family and anyone else who is/are at all interested in going where we can all discuss or share our thoughts about the games and the paralympics in general. Specifically I and a few friends will probably book our flights out there before the year ends so if and when I find out useful information about them, then I will share those with everyone. I hope that it will not only help us all get to Beijing, but also increase in the paralympics and disability sport too.

Also, just in case anyone is interested, the company that I work for, BGC INTERNATIONAL, will be holding it's third annual charity day this coming Tuesday 11th September. It's a great day which everyone looks forward to and all revenues earned from the day by our brokers and other staff are all donated to a number of charities. Most of these are children's charities and on the day we have various celebrities coming in from Joe Calzaghe and Amir Khan with Frank Warren, to rugby legends like Martin Johnson, Sean Fitzpatrick and Brian Moore. In the States we even have the liks of Whoopie Goldberg and Harvey Keitel coming in. So, if any of you have a family member or know anyone who works as a trader which uses a broker then tell them to trade with us for the day as it's all for a good cause!

Oh and very good news in that I passed my driving test recently! VROOM VROOM!

Keep well.

Timo