Natalie du Toit : Biography

Natalie du Toit is a south African female swimmer born on January 29, 1984 in Cape Town in South Africa. She was nicknamed Noodle.
Journey :
This South African swimmer specialist of  open water swimming events has won five Paralympic championship titles at the Paralympic Games in 2004.

She became the first amputee swimmer to qualify among valids for the 2008 Olympic Games held in Beijing. Following a car accident when she was riding a scooter back from training, it was her left leg amputated. She wears a prosthesis in her everyday life.

Palmares :
•    100 m S9 freestyle swimming silver medal – Paralympics (2012)
•    100 m S9 freestyle swimming gold medal – Commonwealth Games (2010)
•    100 m S9 butterfly swimming gold medal – Commonwealth Games (2010)
•    50 m S9 freestyle swimming gold medal – Commonwealth Games (2010)
•    50 m S9 freestyle swimming gold medal – Paralympics (2008)
•    400 m S9 freestyle swimming gold medal – Paralympics (2008)
•    200 m SM9 individual medley swimming gold medal – Paralympics (2008)
•    100 m S9 freestyle swimming gold medal – Paralympics (2008)
•    100 m S9 butterfly swimming gold medal – Paralympics (2008)
•    100 m freestyle swimming EAD (multi-disability) gold – Commonwealth Games (2006)
•    50 m freestyle swimming EAD (multi-disability) gold – Commonwealth Games (2006)
•    100 m S9 backstroke swimming silver medal – Paralympics (2004)
•    100 m S9 butterfly swimming gold medal – Paralympics (2004)
•    100 m S9 freestyle swimming gold medal – Paralympics (2004)
•    200 m SM9 individual medley swimming gold medal – Paralympics (2004)
•    400 m S9 freestyle swimming gold medal – Paralympics (2004)
•    50 m S9 freestyle swimming gold medal – Paralympics (2004)
•    800 m freestyle swimming gold medal – All-Africa Games (2003)
•    800 m freestyle swimming silver medal – Afro-Asian Games (2003)
•    400 m freestyle swimming bronze medal – Afro-Asian Games (2003)
•    David  Dixon Award  for outstanding athlete – Commonwealth Games (2002)
•    100 m freestyle swimming EAD (multi-disability) gold – Commonwealth Games (2002)
•    50 m freestyle swimming EAD (multi-disability) gold – Commonwealth Games (2002)
Awards and honors
-August 2002: the Western Cape Golden Cross. During the award ceremony Western Cape Premier Marthinus van Schalkwyk said she had gone “beyond gold and swam her way into the hearts of not only South Africans but the whole world”.
-2004: Du Toit was voted 48th in the Top 100 Great South Africans in 2004 by the South African Broadcasting Corporation
-2008: She won the Whang Youn Dai Achievement Award

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Natalie du Toit  is one of the nominees for Best African sport lady of the year.

To vote for her, click here : http://www.africatopsports.com/africatopsports-awards-2012/

About Moutakilou MUMUNI

Journalist at Africa Top Sports The first african sport website. http://en.africatopsports.com