Sascha Kindred

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Sascha Kindred OBE
Personal information
Full name Sascha Kindred
Nationality British
Born (1977-12-13) 13 December 1977 (age 36)
Münster, Germany
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Sport
Sport Swimming
Club Leominster Kingfisher[1]

Sascha Kindred OBE (born 13 December 1977 in Münster, Germany[2]) is a British swimmer who has competed in five Summer Paralympic Games, winning twelve medals.

Early life[edit]

Born in Germany, Kindred moved to Britain at the age of 3. He began swimming for a club at the age of 11. He attended Mossley Hollins High School and Kaskenmoor secondary school for a short period of time before going into training at local swimming clubs such as Oldham.[3]

Kindred has cerebral palsy, which affects the right side of his body.[4] He competes in the S6 (butterfly), SM6 (medley) and SB7 (breaststroke) classifications.[5][6]

Paralympic career[edit]

Kindred first competed at the Paralympic Games in Atlanta 1996 and won a silver medal in the 100 m breaststroke SB7.[7]

At the 2000 games in Sydney, Kindred won two gold medals, a silver, and a bronze. He described the games as his biggest sporting achievement so far.[3]

In the 2004 Athens Paralympics, Kindred won two gold medals, successfully defending the 100 m breaststroke SB7 and 200 m individual medley SM6 titles he had won in Sydney. He also won a bronze medal in the 4×50 m freestyle 20 pts.[7]

Kindred won his fifth Paralympic gold in the 200 m individual medley SM6 at the 2008 Games in Beijing, where he set a new world record time of 2:49.19 and earned the title for the third consecutive year.[8] He then won a second gold of the games, six titles overall, and set another world record of 1:22.18 in the 100 m breaststroke SB7.[9] The third medal he won was a bronze in the 50 m butterfly S6.[10]

In addition to his success in the Paralympics, Kindred has won 12 medals (5 gold, 3 silver, 4 bronze) at IPC World Championships, 15 medals (8 gold, 3 silver, 4 bronze) at European Championships, and a gold medal at the 2006 Paralympic World Cup in Manchester.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Kindred's wife is fellow British Paralympic gold medal winning swimmer Nyree Lewis. Together the pair, who live in Herefordshire,[11] are known as the "golden couple" of British disability swimming.[12][13]

He includes amongst his sporting heroes Eric Cantona, Michael Johnson and Carl Lewis,[3] and is a supporter of Manchester United.[4]

Kindred was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours.[14]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "British Swimming and the asa: Sascha Kindred". British Swimming. Retrieved 2008-09-17. 
  2. ^ "Athlete Biography". The Official Website of the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  3. ^ a b c "Q&A: Sascha Kindred". Disability Now magazine. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  4. ^ a b "Interview with Sascha Kindred". Total Swimming. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  5. ^ a b "Athlete Biography". University of Bath website. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  6. ^ "A-Z of Paralympic classification". BBCSport. 28 August 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  7. ^ a b sascha kindred's profile on paralympic.org
  8. ^ "Kindred claims fifth gold in pool". BBC Sport. 7 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  9. ^ "Kindred clinches second pool gold". BBC Sport. 9 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  10. ^ "Official results of men's 50m butterfly - S6". The Official Website of the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  11. ^ Prime, Richard. "Herefordshire Paralympian Sascha Kindred's Royal date". Hereford Times. Retrieved 2012-07-26. 
  12. ^ "Paralympic challengers: Sascha Kindred and Nyree Lewis". BBC Sport. 2 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  13. ^ "Kindred joining Lewis in glory bid". Worcester News. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  14. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 58929. p. 10. 31 December 2008.

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