Natalie Du Toit: ‘It is important to swim your own race’

Natalie du Toit article

Gold medal-winning swimmer Natalie Du Toit is one of South Africa’s best-loved athletes. Du Toit won over South Africans’ hearts when, at just 17 years old, and a rising star on the South African swimming scene, a scooter accident left her with her left leg amputated at the knee. Undeterred, five months later, she was back in the pool.

Her “never give up” approach led to her achieving her biggest dream – competing in the Olympic Games. She was one of only two Paralympians who competed in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, having qualified for the Games after finishing fourth in the 10km open-water race at the Open Water World Championships in Spain.

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