Natalie du Toit named on both Olympics and Paralympic teams

Natalie du Toit from South Africa will be the first person to compete in both the Olympics and Paralympics after being named on both swimming teams.

Natalie lost her left leg in a car accident in 2001. She qualified for the Beijing Olympics by finishing fourth in the 10 kilometer open water championships.

She won five gold medals and a silver at the 2004 Athens Paralympics.

“Natalie is setting history as the first athlete to compete in both the Paralympics and Olympics, which is a phenomenal triumph. It is a tremendous achievement by any measure,” Moss Mashishi, president of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC), said on Thursday.

“We are immensely proud of Natalie, even though I don’t think she recognizes yet what she has done in global terms. She has set our country on the map and we have absolute confidence that she will do herself and South Africa justice in both events,” Mashishi said.

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Posted by Mike 5 years ago

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