'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!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

SASCHA SECURES DOUBLE HATRICK AND NYREE WINS SILVER!!!

Dear All,
Sorry for not writing sooner, but it's been a bit manic over here in Beijing. I'm currently sitting in the GB Paralympic Lodge within the Crown Plaza Hotel behind the 'Birds Nest' with Sascha peering over my shoulder wearing one of his two Gold Medals. Yes, TWO GOLD MEDALS, and both done in World Record times. So he's now secured a 'double hatrick' by winning his two main events in Sydney, Athens and Beijing. Yes, it truly is amazing. I can't quite believe he won both races in World Record times either as he wasn't sure if he could go faster but it's amazing how deep you can dig sometimes for those extra reserves. It's especially great as it's been a long standing joke that I've never actually seen Sascha break a World Record since he began swimming so had always heard about them over the phone. I'd say that he should go slower and break the record at the big games when I an Beatrice are there but you can't really plan for that. But finally we've seen not only one, but two World Records!! And what makes it all the more amazing is that Sascha has actually been poorly since a couple of days before the 200m Individual Medley which was now last Sunday (5 days ago).
On top of that, Nyree has won a further medal, coming second in the 100m Backstroke and securing Silver. I know that Nyree is a little disappointed with this result as she was expecting gold but a Silver medal is a Silver medal and a great achievement too and we're all ecstatic about the result. We know Nyree has it in her to do well in her other events too and will be screaming our lungs our for her over the next few days.
Nyree as well as Sascha have two more races each to go so there's still opportunities to pick up further medals over the next few days starting Nyree in the 100m SB5 Breaststroke tomorrow (Friday) and Sascha in the 50m Butterfly on Saturday.
So, it's a big well done to them from us here and I'm sure all of you there and a big thanks for all the congratulations messages from us and him and Nyree to you all.
I've not been able to update Sascha's site over here I'm afraid so there won't be any updates on that until I get back unfortunately but I'll be writing something up a bit more detailed when I return and also posting lots of pictures of course!
I've heard that I, Simon, Suzy and Sam have made a few appearances on the telly ourselves so apologies if we've caused any malfunctions on your televisions whilst we've been on! :o) If anyone does have sky plus or can record any of the footage we'd all be very very grateful.
Aside from that, everything is pretty good over here. I will try to update more soon.
Timo