'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!

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Sunday's Results

Well, it's better late than never!

There's only a small amount of info to report in that Nyree swam a personal best in the 100m front crawl finishing in a time of 1:23.91 which is excellent. I'm told that most of the events were multi disability which means that the swimmers race in mixed events and the winner is the one that gets nearest to the world record. Although Nyree wasn't first, a pb is great and a good sign for the summer. In the 100 back stroke she swam 1:27.56 and despite long delays before her race due to the scoreboard crashing a number of times, Nyree still manged a good time and was pleased with her result.

Sascha didn't have such a good day on Sunday. In the morning he swam a time of 2:48.45 in the 200m individual Medley, which is 5 seconds off the new world record that he set a couple of weeks ago at the Parlympic trials. This is still a good swim considering it's only two seconds off his old world record and as he's pretty much miles ahead of the rest of the field. However, he did hurt his shoulder in the warm up and had to swim the heat in a bit of pain and following advice from his physio, he pulled out of the final as it wasn't worth risking a serious injury. Sascha informs me that his shoulder is feeling better now following a couple of days off training.

Watch out for the announcement of the GB Swimming team on Thursday! Good luck Sascha and Nyree x

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Sascha wins 50m Butterfly

Just to update, Sascha won his 50m butterfly event last night in 32.59 seconds. The time was 0.1 second off the new European record mark he set at the Paralympic trials a couple of weeks ago.

“That was my best swim today,” Kindred said. “I think the 50m Butterfly will now be one of the main events I will be targeting in Beijing. I claimed the European record in the event 3 weeks ago and that time was just outside that record.

This is good form and confirms Sascha's position as a real contender for gold in this event in Beijing.

Nyree performed strongly in one of her favoured events, the 400m freestyle, but she was again narrowly beaten by team mate Eleanor Simmonds who is proving to be her nemesis at the moment. Eleanor won in a time of 5:54.66, whilst Nyree took silver in a time of 5:57.17.

Both have a day off today.

more news soon...

Friday, April 25, 2008

Sascha disqualified from 100m BreastStroke

Now here's something you don't hear about every day. Yes, unfortunately Sascha was disqualified for the 100m Breaststroke at the British International Disability Championships this morning in Sheffield. I cant' remember the last time he was disqualified and he says that it was due to an 'apparent' dolphin kick that he did on the turn when pushing off. Now i've seen Sascha swim on many occasion and know this is quite hard to do for him and he went straight to the warm down pool and tried to show the judges a dolphin kick and couldn't do it. So a little unfair me thinks.

The bad news with this is that as he didn't swim such a fast qualifying time at the Paralympic trials it will mean that he's not in the fastest heat in Beijing, although he has of course still qualified for the event which is the main thing. And as I said, he's still going in as favourite and what's gone is gone, he now has to concentrate on his next races and preparing for Beijing where he should still qualify for the final as the fastest or one of the fastest and then hopefully retain is Paralympic crown as his overall times are much faster than anyone else. It's all about peaking at the right time and Sascha and Nyree are experts at this.

Aside from that, he now swims in the 50m butterfly final tonight which he is number two in the world in and is well positioned to get a medal at in Beijing.

Nyree swims in the 400m freestyle and 100m breaststroke finals later today in which she has some tough competition against long standing rivals Natalie Jones and Liz Johnson, as well as up and coming 13 year old sensation Eleanor Simmonds.

Good luck guys.

British International Disability Championships

Sascha and Nyree will be swimming at this weekend's British International Disability Championships at Ponds Forge in Sheffield.

Other British contenders to watch out for during the event will be Paralympic Games medallists David Roberts, Natalie Jones, Liz Johnson and Gareth Duke as well as youngster Eleanor Simmonds who will be looking to record qualifying times for the Beijing team.

Although Sascha and Nyree swam very well a few weeks ago at the Paralympic Trials, the event is another opportunity to gain qualifying times for Beijing or indeed cement their positions for Beijing and get another psychological edge over their rivals.

News:

News from the BBC

News from British Swimming

News from the British Paralympic Association

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Did you know?

...that there is a band out there called 'SKindred'!

Ha, i bet you didn't did you?

Well, I found out recently after my good friend Katie told me so I decided to do a bit of research on them.

For those that don't know, the actually have their own myspace site which can be found at: http://www.myspace.com/skindred.

They are a four piece band from Newport, South Wales, UK. Their genre is a mix of metal, hip hop, reggae, and dub known ad 'Ragga Metal' by the band and fans alike. Not particularly my thing, but they seem pretty good at what they do! (I sound like a real pro music reviewer huh!!!). Perhaps Sascha should be listening to SKindred permanently on his I pod and then he'd slash his World Records even more!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

More News....

Ever since our mum moved to Crawley in West Sussex, the Crawley newspaper has covered how Sascha has done in the majroity of his major events. Here's a snippet from Wednesday's papers:



Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Olympic/Paralympic Trials Coverage

Monday, April 07, 2008

Olympic/Paralympic Trials April 2008

With the Paralympics only 5 months away now the trials have begun, our first trials were incorporated with the Olympic trials where we swam with the likes of Liam Tancock, Gregor Tait who were also trying to qualify.

This was going to prove to be a long week and felt we could both qualify here and therefore take the pressure off when we go into the Disability International (paralympic trials 2).

Day 1

Nyree – today was the 400freestyle an event where I did a personal best of 5.50 only 3 months ago so I knew I was on target for another good swim. I went out in world record split at 200metres and went on to break the world record in time of 5.48.71. but this only gave me second place as a young Eleanor Simmonds went 5.48.26 to also break the world record.

Day 2

Sascha – 100breaststroke I haven’t felt confident on my breast for the past 9 months so was not looking forward to this race. I went 1.25.96 in the heat and 1.26.03 in the final which scraped me under the qualifying time which I would normally have done in my sleep. It still managed to win me gold in the Multi disability event but I am not pleased with my time.

Nyree – 100 breaststroke, normally an event I don’t usually like to swim, my heat swim was solid and a time I have not done for a while.. The final was much better being 1.50.10 which is best I have swum since 2004. After finishing 5th at the World Championships this puts me back into 2nd place on the rankings.

Day 3

Sascha – 50m butterfly – this was the first day where I tried out the new Speedo LZR Racer a swimming suit which has been designed by Speedo and helped by NASA. I knew my training had been going well in all my strokes besides breaststroke so I was feeling confident. I managed to stop the clock on 32.49 which set a new European Record and ranks me 2nd in the World behind Li Peng of China on 32.37. I now have an opportunity of racing for 3 gold medals in Beijing.

Day 4

Nyree – 100m Backstroke – This being my main event always seems to put more pressure on for me to perform. In the heat I swam a good time of 1.28.9 being 1 second outside my world record despite the fact it felt dreadful. So I knew going into the final I should be able to go quicker. In the final I tried out the new LZR Racer suit with a zip back which I normally never wear but glad I did as I broke my own world record to go 1.26.90. This certainly gives me confidence for the games.

Day 5

Sascha - 50m freestyle – well my sprint swims seem to be going well and I knew going into this I knew I couldn’t let my freestyle be slower than my fly. I managed to swim 32.18 in the heat and smash the british record with the first person in my class to be under 33 seconds. I also qualified for the final which I normaly never do on 50freestyle at multi disability events. In the final I stepped up again and swam 32.11 to set my 2nd british record of the day.

Day 6

Sascha – 200IM – Well now I feel this is my No.1 event and I had to put all my good sprint swims together to make a good 200. In the heat I put pressure on myself to swim strong but also conserve a little energy for the final. I swam 2.46.10 knocking 0.10 off my previous world record and felt strong enough to go faster in the final. Lining up the final I felt really confident that it was time to take a big chunk off my PB. I went out hard and held on throughout the swim stopping the clock at 2.43.09 knocking 3 seconds off my previous world record. I felt this was my best swim of the meet and know that my training is on the right track towards Beijing.

Nyree – 200IM – this event was going to prove to be very intense, with only 3 places on the Beijing team and 4 class S6 swimmers someone will be missing out come September. In the heat I went 3.22.9 which is 2 seconds slower than my best, however it was the final that proved to be a race to watch. With Natalie and Liz one end of the pool and myself and Eleanor simmonds the other end we knew we had to be fast. It was a nerve racking swim to do and for my coach to watch but with Natalie touching in 3.17.50, Eleanor 3.19.19 and myself 3.19.79 ( a 1 second pb) it meant liz Johnson in 3.20.48 being the 4th swimmer. Unfortunately we will not be sure the outcome of this race until after next trials as everyone knows anything can happen.

Overall Sascha hit 3 qualifying times for Beijing and Nyree hit 4. Throughout the meet 18 girls and 15 boys hit qualifying standards and have put their names on the nominated list for Beijing. Note that the qualifying times are based on 3rd in the World so they are very tough and everyone who has qualified are potential medallists.

However the official team will be announced after our second trials at the end of this month. So watch this space.