Natalie du Toit aims to qualify for the 2012 London Paralympic Games – Swimming News
The 10-times Paralympics gold medallist, Natalie Du Toit has raised her concern of qualifying for the 2012 London Paralympic Games.
Du Toit earned five gold medals in the 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 400m freestyle, 100m butterfly, 200m Individual Medley and the silver medal in the 100m back-stroke at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. She defended all her titles at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games, whereas, she did not participate in the 100m back-stroke at these Games.
Natalie also earned two gold medals at the 2002 Commonwealth Games, two gold medals at the 2006 Commonwealth Games and three gold medals at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
The 2012 London meet will be Du Toit’s third Paralympic and she will enter the league of those few disable swimmers that were able to participate in three consecutive Olympic Games.
In 1998, Natalie appeared on the international stage of swimming while participating at the Commonwealth Games. The South African swimmer, Natalie was hit by a car after three years, which led to the amputation of her left leg and she entered the league of disable swimmers.
Natalie expressed that she had always a dream to participate in Olympic Games, but the accident turned out as a major obstacle in her dream. She also said that her family and some of her friends motivated her to train hard to qualify for the Olympics, which she did.
Du Toit, who made a splash at two Olympic Games, claims that 2012 London will be her last appearance on the world stage. Furthermore, the 27-year-old Du Toit is not going to enter the third Olympics just for the sake of participation, as she has announced that she will take part in seven events at the London Games.
Furthermore, Natalie says that she likes spending time in education plans, trying to reduce drowning cases in South Africa. She said, “We have kids that drown in a little bucket of water that’s under a tap, and it’s more the education that we are trying to get out there.”
Natalie uttered that she will make a splash at the 2012 Olympics, as it would be her last Olympic Games. In addition, Natalie expressed that she will be trying to earn gold medals in all her seven events, so that she meets the expectations of her fans.