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It’s important to swim your own race and not some-one else’s, and that is exactly what this remarkable South African swimmer has been doing. Having competed at the Kuala Lumpur Games in 1998 as an able bodied athlete at the age of 14, she lost her leg in a motorcycle accident in 2001. Despite this setback, she was determined to compete at the Manchester Games both as an able bodied and disabled competitor just to prove it could be done. She achieved her goal, swimming into a creditable eighth place in the able bodied 800m Freestyle, and winning gold in the 50 and 100m Elite Athletes with a Disability (EAD) events. Since then, Natalie has become one of the most successful disabled athletes of all times and an inspiration to many.

Natalie has one major dream at this stage; to be able to run.  Her dream to go to the Kruger National Park realised when she spend a wonderful weekend at the  Grand Kruger Lodge and her other dream was to qualify for the 2008 Olympic Games where she succeeded too.  Well done, Natalie!

Major sporting achievements

  • 50 m S9 freestyle swimming gold medal – Paralympics (2008)
  • 400 m S9 freestyle swimming gold medal – Paralympics (2008)
  • 200 m SM9 individual medley swimming gold medal – Paralympics (2008)
  • 100 m S9 freestyle swimming gold medal – Paralympics (2008)
  • 100 m S9 butterfly swimming gold medal – Paralympics (2008)
  • 100 m freestyle swimming EAD (multi-disability) gold – Commonwealth Games (2006)
  • 50 m freestyle swimming EAD (multi-disability) gold – Commonwealth Games (2006)
  • 100 m S9 backstroke swimming silver medal – Paralympics (2004)
  • 100 m S9 butterfly swimming gold medal – Paralympics (2004)
  • 100 m S9 freestyle swimming gold medal – Paralympics (2004)
  • 200 m SM9 individual medley swimming gold medal – Paralympics (2004)
  • 400 m S9 freestyle swimming gold medal – Paralympics (2004)
  • 50 m S9 freestyle swimming gold medal – Paralympics (2004)
  • 800 m freestyle swimming gold medal – All-Africa Games (2003)
  • 800 m freestyle swimming silver medal – Afro-Asian Games (2003)
  • 400 m freestyle swimming bronze medal – Afro-Asian Games (2003)
  • 100 m freestyle swimming EAD (multi-disability) gold – Commonwealth Games (2002)
  • 50 m freestyle swimming EAD (multi-disability) gold – Commonwealth Games (2002)

Awards and Honours

  • David Dixon Award for outstanding athlete – Commonwealth Games (2002)
  • In August 2002 she was awarded the Western Cape Golden Cross. During the award ceremony Western Cape Premier Marthinus van Schalkwyk said she had gone “beyond gold and swam her way into the hearts of not only South Africans but the whole world”.
  • Du Toit was voted 48th in the Top 100 Great South Africans in 2004 by the South African Broadcasting Corporation.
  • In December 2009 she received the Order of Ikhamanga in Gold “for her exceptional achievements in swimming.”
  • On 10 March, 2010, she was awarded the Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability for “breaking down the barriers between disabled and able-bodied sport”