'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, 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


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