'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, February 25, 2009

Sascha and Nyree attend Buckingham Palace Reception

Sascha and Nyree were down in London yesterday for the GB Paralympic Team's long awaited trip to Buckingham Palace following their success at the Beijing Paralympics this year.

They and approximately 380 other athletes from the team were invited to attend the reception as well as sponsors' representatives and members of the support teams that made a vital contribution to the success of the British team's performance.

As well as the Queen and Prince Philip, ParalympicsGB Royal Patron, the Earl of Wessex and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall were also in attendance.

Commenting on the visit Sascha said, "It's always lovely to be invited to events like this and although I've been here before, the palace is a place you could come to again and again, it truly is amazing. And although I didn't meet the Queen this time around, I did speak to The Duchess of Cornwall who was at an event which I attended recently which was nice."

Nyree said, "It was great to see so many of the team in one place as often it's just us in a pool by some water. Today we've seen not only those that have won medals, but everyone who went to the games which is fantastic."

Nyree and Sascha's invites:

Sascha and Nyree in their suits:

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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Golden Couple Scoop Top Honours

Nyree and Sascha will scoop top honours at next week's 2008 Herefordshire Sports Awards picking up the awards for Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year respectively.

The couple will collect their awards at next Monday's ceremony at the Royal National College for the Blind in Hereford which starts at 7.30pm.

The news follows an incredible year for both Sascha and Nyree who competed in their fourth and third Paralympic Games respectively.

Sascha added two gold medals and a bronze at last year's Paralympic Games in Beijing with both gold medal swims resulting in World Record Times. The double gold made it a 'triple-double' of gold medals in three successive Games in the 200M SM6 Individual Medley and 100M SB7 Breaststroke.

Following his medal success, Sascha was awarded an OBE for his services to disability sport having dedicated over 15 year's of his life to swimming and amassing 11 Paralympic medals from four Paralympic Games in the process, the first being a silver at Atlanta in 1996.

Commenting on the award Sascha said, "Since returning from Beijing the response from the local community and Herefordshire region has been fantastic and I'm delighted to have been recognised as Sportsman of the Year.

"The last year has been fantastic for both of us, exceeding my wildest dreams and I can only hope that I continue to produce the goods for Great Britain on route to London 2012 in three and a half years time."

Nyree also enjoyed a remarkable year winning a silver medal in the women's 100M S6 Backstroke in Beijing following a gold medal and two bronze medal swims at the British Championships. Nyree's Paralympic medal tally now stands at an impressive nine including three golds making her one of Great Britain's most successful female swimmers of all time.

Commenting on the news Nyree said, "I'm delighted to be recieving this award after such an eventful year. To be recognised is amazing, especially amongst so many talented athletes whom have all done Great Britain proud."

Shortly after Beijing, Sascha and Nyree also announced their engagement much to the delight of many and about time too!

You can read coverage from the Hereford Times at: Click Here

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Sascha Launches New Wheelchair Accessible Carriage on Severn Valley Railway Line

Sascha joined wheelchair athlete and fellow Paralympic Medalist Mickey Bushell at Kidderminster Town Station (pictured below) today to launch a new wheelchair accessible carriage on the Severn Valley Railway Line.

The new carriage allows for easier access for wheelchair users and people with a disability onto Severn Valley Railway trains and is the fourth new carriage to be added to its fleet in the past year.

Sascha and Mickey travelled on the carriages maiden journey and were towed by a steam engine from Kidderminster to Bridgenorth and back. On the return journey, Sascha joined the driver at the front of the train and helped drive the train back to Kidderminster.

Commenting on the launch Sascha said, "Improving access to ensure services like this are available to everyone, including people with a disability, is extremely important to me. Severn Valley Railway's new carriage will make it easier for everyone to travel around the valley and I'm pleased to have had the opportunity to get involved."