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Natalie du Toit: Tumble Turn
Tracey Hawthorne
ISBN: 9781770200104
Language: English
Format: 230mm x 150mm
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Published: 2006-11-07
Imprint: Oshun Books
Natalie du Toit’s story is a truly inspirational one of the courage required to overcome adversity. She has done it with steely determination and unfaltering humour.
At 22, Natalie has achieved phenomenal success as an international swimming sensation and inspires South Africans through her tireless charity work.
Her leg was amputated after an horrific scooter accident in 2001 and just 124 days later, she was competing against able-bodied swimmers in the Western Province winter gala.
In 2002 Natalie made history swimming the 800m freestyle (able-bodied) final at the Commonwealth Games and was awarded the David Dixon award for outstanding athlete.
Swimming in both able-bodied and disabled events, Natalie has continued to win hearts (and medals) and, most recently, broke another two records at the 2006 Paralympic World Cup in Manchester.
Refusing to give up on her dream, Natalie is now in training for the Beijing Olympics in 2008. Tumble Turn is her story.

About the Author(s)
Tracey Hawthorne

Tracey Hawthorne has written and/or contributed to nine non-fiction books and edited upwards of thirty. She writes prolifically on a wide range of subjects for a variety of publications, both locally and abroad.

Media Reviews
Shape (Joanne Lillie)

“This biography – much of it in Natalie’s own words – reveals a humble, earnest, and hard-working athlete, driven by faith and passion for her sport.”

Sunday World (Don Makatile)

“Hers is a beautiful story of courage, the stuff powerful biographies are made of.”


Tumble Turn is an inspirational story of the courage and humour required to triumph over adversity.”