'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, May 20, 2009

Nyree and Sascha selected for European Championships

It's great news for Nyree and Sascha as they have both been selected for this year's IPC Swimming European Championships in Reykjavic, Iceland.

They are part of a 39-strong team which features 26 athletes that competed at the Beijing Paralympics including eleven-time Paralympic gold medallist David Robert, double Paralympic gold medallist Eleanor Simmonds and five time medallist in Beijing, Matthew Walker.

The nine-day meet, which takes place from 18th - 26th October, will see a total of nine Paralympic Champions ready to test themselves against the best in European Disability Swimming.

The event will be Nyree's third European Championships having swum in her first back in 1999 in Germany at which she won a silver and bronze medal. In total Nyree has seven European Championship medals including one gold. Having been on Team GB for slightly longer, it will be Sascha's fifth European Championships having swum in his first back in 1997 in France at which he won his first ever major Championship gold medal coming first in the 100M SB6 Breaststroke. Since then, Sascha has won a further 15 European Championship medals including eight golds.

Commenting on his selection Sascha said, "It's great to be going to my fifth European Championships and to be able to defend my titles yet again. My first championships seems so long ago now but I'm more hungry than ever to add to my medal tally."

Sascha will most likely swim in the 100M SB6 Breaststroke, 200M SM6 Individual Medley, 50M S6 Butterfly and 100M S6 Backstroke at this year's championships, although this has yet to be confirmed. Nyree will most likely swim in the 100M S6 Backstroke, 200M SM6 Individual Medley and 400M S6 Freestyle.

For more information please visit www.britishswimming.org.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

DSE National Results

Here's a run down of some events from Sheffield:

In the mens MD 100M Breaststroke, Sascha collected the gold medal in a time of 1:24.58.

In the Mens MD 50M Butterfly, Sascha collected the gold medal in a time of 32.71.

In the mens MD 100M Backstroke, Sascha didn't make the final finishing ninth overall but finished first in his classifaction (S6) with a time of 1:28.00.

Although Sascha finished third overall in the heats of the Mens MD 200M Individual Medley, he was unfortunately disqualified in the final.

In the womens MD 100M Backstroke, Nyree collected the silver medal in a time of 1:29.52 and was first in her classification (S6).

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I will be posting an explanation of how MD events points and results are worked out shortly.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

DSE Nationals in Sheffield

This weekend see's the best of British and various international swimmers from around get together in Sheffield for the DSE National Championships.
The Championships are an important event for all athletes as it is a chance for athletes to qualify for the European Championships later this year.
Sascha will be swimming in the 100M SB7 Breaststroke, 50M S6 Butterfly, 200M S6 Individual Medley and 100M S6 Backstroke whilst Nyree will be swimming in the 400M S6 Freestyle and 100M S6 Backstroke.