'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!

Monday, May 12, 2008

Watch Sascha and Nyree on BBC iPlayer

Hi all,

Just thought i'd let you know that if you missed Sascha and Nyree swimming at the weekend, or any other athletes, there's no need to worry. Thanks to the BBC's iPlayer, you can watch it over the next 6 days to come at the following link:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/page/item/b00bbpss.shtml

You'll find Nyree's race at 12 mins 48 seconds.

Sascha swims at 49 mins 40 seconds.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Sascha Secures Third Successive Paralympic World Cup Gold, Nyree Wins Silver

Sascha and Nyree both raced in the 200m individual medley yesterday classification SM6.
Nyree, who is currently ranked 3rd in the world, finished in the silver medal position behind team mate Natalie Jones, ranked number one in the world. It was always going to be tough for Nyree, but she finished strongly to secure silver in a race which saw Natlie lower her own World Record in the event from 3:16.70 to 3:15.72.
Sascha was looking for his third successive Paralympic World Cup Gold and started strongly turning nearly 1 second ahead at the half way mark. He then pushed on further in the last 100 metres to finish 4 seconds ahead of the field with a time of 2:45.00, just over 1 second off the world record of 2:46.20 which he set earlier this year.
Both races should be shown on the BBC later in the UK between 4pm and 5.50pm.
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Saturday, May 10, 2008

The Paralympic World Cup

You may have noticed that this year's Paralympic World Cup is well underway. With four sports on show including cycling, swimming, athletics and basketball, there's plenty of action to keep even the most hardened sports fan satisfied.

The World Cup takes place over the space of 4 days and is in it's 4th year. It is, at the moment, held in Manchester each year, although after time I believe it will be held in other locations around the world as the popularity of it grows. The idea behind it was to have a regular world cup in which athletes could compete as there was not a regular competition each year and some years could see athletes without a major championships to compete in.

Sascha and Nyree swim today at the Aquatic Centre in Manchester and you will be able to see highlights of the swimming and other sports on BBC2 between 4:00pm and 5:50pm. They will both be competing in the 200IM S6 category.

For further details about the Paralympic World Cup visit: Paralympic World Cup

Thursday, May 08, 2008

In the News...


An article from the Crawley News...

Monday, May 05, 2008

Sascha and Nyree make GB Squad for Beijing

Yes, as expected, Sascha and Nyree have made the GB Squad for Beijing this summer. Even though it was expected, it's great to hear that final confirmation so that they can now fully focus on training for the event and peaking at the right time. And of course, it's also great news for me and my friends who are going out to support them and the rest of the GB swimming team.

Sascha spoke about the confirmation saying, "I think the experience I have gained from the previous Games will help this year," said Kindred, who won gold in the SM6 200 IM and SB7 100m breaststroke in Athens and who will be appearing in his fourth Paralympics in Beijing.

"My first Games in Atlanta was a real shock and I didn't know how to prepare myself for competition but now I know how to stay focused on the task in hand.


"I am looking forward to being able to pass on my knowledge and experience to the younger athletes."


The full squad is:

Men:

James Anderson (Broxburn), James Crisp (Nottingham), Gareth Duke (Cwmbran), Graham Edmunds (Swansea), David Ellis (Derbyshire), Jonathan Fox (Cornwall), Sean Fraser (Midlothian), Sam Hynd (Mansfield), Sascha Kindred (Hereford), Dervis Konuralp (Hackney), Andrew Lindsay (Cowdenbeath), Simon Miller (Manchester), David Roberts (Cardiff), Anthony Stephens (Swansea), Matt Walker (Stockport), Robert Welbourn (Swansea), Matt Whorwood (Newquay).

Women:

Claire Cashmore (Kidderminster), Emma Cattle (Bedfordshire), Jenny Coughlin (Swansea), Heather Frederiksen (Leigh), Kate Grey (Bristol), Rhiannon Henry (Bridgend), Charlotte Henshaw (Mansfield), Liz Johnson (Swansea), Natalie Jones (Manchester), Rachael Latham (Wigan), Nyree Lewis (Hereford), Mhairi Love (Lanarkshire), Stephanie Millward (Chippenham), Eleanor Simmonds (Swansea), Elizabeth Simpkin (Southport), Lauren Steadman (Cambridgeshire), Louise Watkin (Surrey), Danielle Watts (Oxford), Fran Williamson (Cambridge).

Links:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/other_sports/disability_sport/7376338.stm

http://www.britishswimming.org/vsite/vnavsite/page/directory/0,10853,5157-180202-197420-nav-list,00.html?52