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Du Toit, Ho to fly the flag
Source:  Sowetan
07 July 2010
Meshack Khotha


ON TOP OF THE WORLD : Gold medallist Natalie du Toit will compete at the Fina Open Water World Champs in Canada next week. Photo: AP

YOUNG GUN: Chad Ho, the first South African to win bronze at an Open Water World Championship. Photo: Richard Shorey

SA Olympians raise the bar

OLYMPIAN and amputee Natalie du Toit will be part of the formidable Swimming South Africa team that will compete at the Fina Open Water Swimming World Championships in Canada from July 15 to 23.

Another distinguished swimmer, Chad Ho, will carry the country’s flag high in the world championships at Roberval.

Both swimmers were given the nod by Swimming SA after their remarkable performances at the Telkom SA Open Water Championships in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal in April where they won 10km national titles.

The hard-working 26-year-old Du Toit is a multiple Paralympics gold medallist and she is the first athlete to carry a flag in both the Olympics and Paralympics in a single year. This happened at the 2008 Olympics and Paralympics.

She became the first amputee ever to qualify for the Olympics, where she placed 16th in the 10km marathon swim in Beijing.

On March 10 she was named the Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability for “breaking down the barriers between disabled and able-bodied sport”.

Ho won a bronze medal at the World Championships in Rome in the 5km race – the first South African to win a medal at an Open Water World Championships.

A year before that Ho finished ninth at the Olympic Games in the 10km Open Water Swim. He achieved all this before he was 21. Both Du Toit and Ho will take part in the 5km and 10km races.

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Open Water Swimming: Natalie du Toit and Chad Ho Honoured

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

This weekend, Natalie du Toit and Chad Ho were honored at the annual Telkom Annual Aquatics Awards ceremonies.

du Toit was named Swimming South Africa’s Personality of the Year through a public vote over the Internet.
17-year-old Chad Ho, the youngest male swimmer in the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim, was a popular choice as Open Water Swimmer of the Year. Ho came back from a terrible eye injury suffered at the 2008 World Open Water Swimming Championships in May to finish 9th at the Beijing Olympics.
Photo of Chad Ho supplied by Neville Smith, FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee member.

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Very Cool Open Water Websites
20 unusual, beautiful and interesting open water swim websites are listed below.

If your favorite open water swimming website is not shown, please share the link with our community.

1. Open Water Photography: great open water swimming photos.
2. Natalie du Toit: incredible South African Olympian
3. Maarten van der Weijden: inspirational leukemia survivor.
4. Water World Swim: San Francisco Bay swims.
5. Fiji Swims: open water swims in Fiji.
6. St. Croix Coral Reef Swim: open water race in beautiful St. Croix.
7. Irish Channel: Irish Channel swims.
8. Swim Across America: charity open water swims.
9. Tiburon Mile: world’s most competitive pro race.
10. Swim Trek: open water swimming holiday adventures.
11. La Jolla Cove Swim Club: California open water swimming club.
12. Britta Kamrau: top pro swimmer Britta Kamrau of Germany.
13. Marcos Diaz: top Dominican Republican swimmer.
14. Carina Bruwer: top South African marathon swimmer.
15. Lynne Cox: renowned Lynne Cox.
16. Angela Maurer: top German Olympic swimmer, Angela Maurer.
17. Swim Vacation: British Virgin Islands open water swimming vacations.
18. Rottnest Channel Swim: world’s largest channel race.
19. Ocean Swims: worldwide resource on open water events.
20. All about Open Water: educational open water swimming site.

Photo of Joe Orman in San Francisco Bay during New Year’s Day Alcatraz Swim. Photo by Colin A Gift.

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Steven Munatone

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