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Natalie Du Toit

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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S9, SB8, SM9

Further personal information

Residence
Cape Town, RSA
Occupation
Athlete, Public Speaker
Languages
English, Afrikaans
Higher education
Sport Management - University of Cape Town: Cape Town, RSA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
Before she was 10 years she old she had already decided she wanted to compete at the Olympic Games.
Club / Team
Mandeville Dolphins: South Africa
Name of coach
Fabio Cuzzani, Dean Price

General interest

Hobbies
Spending time with her dogs. (roadtolondon2012.co.za, 26 Aug 2012)
Injuries
She lost her left leg below the knee in a scooter accident in February 2001 when she was travelling to school following a training session. Despite a week-long effort by doctors to save her damaged limb, the leg had to be amputated. She was left with a titanium plate in her leg, a skin graft and severely damaged nerve endings. She returned to training in May 2001, which she admits was "excruciatingly painful." (British Swimming, 21 Jul 2002)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The tragedy of life does not lie in not reaching one's goals. The tragedy of life lies in not having goals to reach for. It is not a disgrace not to reach for the stars, but it is a disgrace not to have stars to reach for." (sport.iafrica.com, 17 Mar 2008)
Awards and honours
She was awarded an honorary MBE [Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire] in 2013. (allafrica.com, 01 Oct 2013)

She was named 2010 Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability. (ipc-swimming.org, 25 Mar 2010)

She was flag bearer for South Africa at both opening ceremonies for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Beijing in 2008. (metro.co.uk, 2012)

In 2008 she became the first amputee to qualify for the Olympic Games when she booked her place to Beijing, China, in the 10km open water event. (telegraph.co.uk, 04 May 2008)

She won the David Dixon Award for most outstanding athlete at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, England. (paralympic.org, 16 Jun 2008)

She was named the 2002 South African Sportswoman of the Year. (paralympic.org, 16 Jun 2008)
Impairment
She lost her left leg below the knee in a scooter accident on the way to school in 2001. (metro.co.uk, 2012)
Other information
RETIREMENT
The 2012 Paralympic Games was her final international event. She finished her last race [S9 women’s 100 metres freestyle] with a silver medal - only her second Paralympic medal out of 15 that was not gold. She said she intends to resume her studies and think about her future career plans.(supersport.com, 25 Aug 2012; metro.co.uk, 2012)

REMARKABLE RETURN
In her first major competition after the accident, the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, England, she became the first athlete with a disability to qualify for the final of an able-bodied event when she earned a spot in the 800m freestyle final. She also won gold in the multi-disability 50m and 100m freestyle races, setting new world record times in each. (paralympic.org, 16 Jun 2008, melbourne2006.com.au, 31 Jun 2007)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Swimming World Championships Eindhoven 2010 (Eindhoven, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 5,000 m Open Water S10 Final Round 1
Women's 100 m Backstroke S9 Final Round 1
Women's 100 m Backstroke S9 Heat 2 1
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB8 Heat 1 2
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB8 Final Round 3
Women's 100 m Butterfly S9 Heat 3 1
Women's 50 m Freestyle S9 Final Round 2
Women's 50 m Freestyle S9 Heat 2 2
Women's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Heat 1 6
Women's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Heat 1 5
Women's 400 m Freestyle S9 Final Round 1
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM9 Final Round 1
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM9 Heat 2 1
Women's 100 m Freestyle S9 Final Round 1
Women's 100 m Freestyle S9 Heat 2 1
Women's 100 m Butterfly S9 Final Round 1
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM9 Final Round 1
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM9 Heat 2 1
Women's 100 m Butterfly S9 Final Round 1
Women's 100 m Butterfly S9 Heat 3 1
Women's 400 m Freestyle S9 Final Round 1
Women's 400 m Freestyle S9 Heat 3 1
Women's 100 m Freestyle S9 Final Round 1
Women's 100 m Freestyle S9 Heat 3 1
Women's 50 m Freestyle S9 Final Round 1
Women's 50 m Freestyle S9 Heat 2 1
IPC Swimming World Championships Durban 2006 (Durban, South Africa)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 50 m Freestyle S9 Final Round 1
Women's 50 m Freestyle S9 Heats 1
Women's 100 m Butterfly S9 Heats 1
Women's 100 m Butterfly S9 Final Round 1
Women's 100 m Freestyle S9 Heats 1
Women's 100 m Freestyle S9 Final Round 1
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM9 Heats 1
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM9 Final Round 1
Women's 400 m Freestyle S9 Heats 1
Women's 400 m Freestyle S9 Final Round 1
Women's 5,000 m Open Water Final Round 1
Athens 2004 Paralympic Games (Athens, Greece)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Butterfly S9 Heat 3 1
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB8 Final Round 4
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB8 Heat 2 3
Women's 100 m Backstroke S9 Final Round 2
Women's 100 m Backstroke S9 Heat 1 1
Women's 400 m Freestyle S9 Final Round 1
Women's 400 m Freestyle S9 Heat 2 1
Women's 100 m Freestyle S9 Final Round 1
Women's 100 m Freestyle S9 Heat 2 1
Women's 50 m Freestyle S9 Final Round 1
Women's 50 m Freestyle S9 Heat 2 1
Women's 100 m Butterfly S9 Final Round 1
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM9 Heat 2 1
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM9 Final Round 1
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Butterfly S9 Final Round 2012-08-30 1
Women's 100 m Butterfly S9 Heat 2 2012-08-30 1
Women's 100 m Backstroke S9 Heat 2 2012-08-31 2
Women's 100 m Backstroke S9 Final Round 2012-08-31 4
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB8 Heat 2 2012-09-01 4
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB8 Final Round 2012-09-01 7
Women's 400 m Freestyle S9 Final Round 2012-09-04 1
Women's 400 m Freestyle S9 Heat 2 2012-09-04 1
Women's 50 m Freestyle S9 Heat 1 2012-09-05 3
Women's 50 m Freestyle S9 Final Round 2012-09-05 7
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM9 Final Round 2012-09-06 1
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM9 Heat 2 2012-09-06 1
Women's 100 m Freestyle S9 Heat 2 2012-09-07 1
Women's 100 m Freestyle S9 Final Round 2012-09-07 2