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Natalie du Toit aims to qualify for the 2012 London Paralympic Games – Swimming News

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  • Natalie du Toit aims to qualify for the 2012 London Paralympic Games – Swimming News

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.

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Du Toit Aims to Go Out on a High After London 2012

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.

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