'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!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Good Luck!

Well, Sascha and Nyree are finally off tomorrow and heading to Beijing. Yes, they set off with other members of the swimming team from the South of England to Heathrow tomorrow evening and head to Macau first to the training camp.

It's the same training camp that the Olympic team stayed in and the hotel is one of the best hotels in Macau and Greater China. It's called the Western Resort Macau and is situated on 150 acres of rolling greens overlooking the South China Sea (pictured below). Not bad hey!

Approximately 215 athletes and team staff will be staying at the hotel. ParalympicGB will provide a number of facilities at the hotel to make their stay more comfortable including and Athlete Lounge, Cyber Cafe, ParalympicsGB Office and Meeting Rooms.

The team will be training twice a day at the Macau Piscina Olimpica de Macau (pictured below), one session in the morning and one in the afternoon. The team will probably be glad to get into the pool as Macau's subtropical climate is very hot and humid with temperatures reaching over 30 degrees and humidity averaging between 75 and 90%.

The Team will be staying in Macau until 4 September and will then travel up to Beijing where they will reside within the Paralympic village (Olympic Village).

So that they can find their apartments more easily in the Paralympic Village, the Beijing Olympic Committee have put an iconic British red telephone box outside. I feel a good photo opportunity coming on!! The Paralympic village is located at the northern end of Beijing's north-South "Central axis." It covers 66 hectares and lies adjacent to the Olympic Forest Park South. It is also an alcohol free village - take note athletes!!! :o)

The apartment blocks are home to thousands of athletes and staff during the games and will be a really exciting place to be. Each country is designated an apartment block with all athletes and staff from that country staying together regardless of their sport. The Food hall is open 24 hours a day and is a great meeting place for athletes. The village also boasts other facilities including a sports centre, an outdoor 50m pool, tennis and basketball courts, Internet cafe, DVD lounge and games room, medical centre and a sports information centre.

The national aquatics centre is situated 2.5km from the village and holds 17,000 spectators. The competition is venue is a 10 lane, 25 x 50 m pool. Only eight lanes of the pool are used in competition.

So there you have it. A few details about what they are doing and where they will be staying.
I'm heading out to Beijing on the 4th with a few friends and mine and Sascha's mum. We're all heading to the opening ceremony on the 6th although Sascha and Nyree unfortunately won't be there as they are swimming the next day. It was the same in Athens though and the opening ceremony is a spectable enough in itself - I'm so excited!!!
Anyway, GOOD LUCK to both of them and here's looking forward to seeing the bacon (medals) out there and when they return.


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