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South African Paralympian


On the opening day of the the 2004 Nedbank Championships for athletes with a disability, most people enjoying the sunshine along Durban's famous Golden Mile beach front were clearly unaware that within walking distance from them athletes from all over South Africa and as far away as the Netherlands were preparing for an international competition.

Instead they were busy taking a glimpse of the many Harley Davidson motorbikes lined up in front of the Casino entertainment complex as part of this year's Rolling Thunder International Rally.

But this all changed quickly, partly thanks to a woman named Natalie du Toit.

Within a day, nation-wide news channels had gotten busy reporting yet another swimming world record broken by the famous 20 years old swimmer from Cape Town.

Natalie already got world-wide attention last year, when she reached the final of the 800 metre freestyle at the Commonwealth Games, becoming the first amputee swimmer to do so in an event for able-bodied competitors.

Having already been ranked No. 2 in South Africa before an accident in which she lost her lower left leg two years ago, she is now approaching peak fitness again. Right in time for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.

Besides of her rigorous swimming training, which sometimes asks for five hours a day in the pool, she now also works as a motivational speaker. One way to support herself financially Natalie clearly enjoys.
Recently two South African magazines, SuperSport and Fairlady, have joined forces to boost her attempt to qualify for Athens. A generous sponsorship now allows her to focus on the training for the South African trials and then for the Games.



© 2004 Steffen Berk
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