One of the greatest swimmers ever, South Africa’s Natalie du Toit, is planning on ending her career on a high next year by winning gold in all seven swimming events at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
The two-time Paralympian was one of the stars of the Beijing 2008 Paralympics winning five gold medals but is aiming to go even better in London.
In an interview with The Paralympian, the official magazine of the International Paralympic Comitttee (IPC), du Toit has revealed she started her preparations for London at last year’s IPC Swimming World Championships in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.
Natalie du Toit said: “London 2012 will be the end of my swimming career.
“The reason I did all of the events at the World Championships in Eindhoven was because I want to do all the events at the Paralympics.
“I haven’t swum the 100m Breaststroke since the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games, and it’s crazy because no other leg amputees swim Breaststroke.
“And the 100m Backstroke I also want to do because I didn’t compete in it in Beijing.”
In a revealing and frank interview with The Paralympian du Toit talks about how within three years of losing her lower left leg in a motorbike accident she had won five gold and one silver medal at the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games.
She also highlights her aspirations to compete in both the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012 and her career plans once she’s retired from swimming.
The full interview with Natalie du Toit is printed in the latest edition of The Paralympian which can be found at www.paralympic.org/Media_Centre/News/Paralympian.
The London 2012 Paralympic Games will take place from 29 August to 9 September 2012. For more information, please visit www.london2012.com.