|Full name||Sascha Kindred|
13 December 1977 |
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
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.
Sascha is one of the most successful Paralympic athletes ever, taking part in 6 Paralympic Games.
Kindred first competed at the Paralympic Games in Atlanta 1996 and won a silver medal in the 100 m breaststroke SB7. In May 2016 it has been announced that he will be representing Great Britain once more, and for the 6th time, in the Paralympic Games in Rio later in the year.
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.
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. 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. The third medal he won was a bronze in the 50 m butterfly S6. He went on to his fifth Paralympic Games in London where he won a silver medal in the 200m IM in a time of 2:41.50
In addition to his success in the Paralympics, Kindred has won 19 medals (9 gold) at IPC World Championships, 24 medals (9 gold) at European Championships, and a gold medal at the 2006 Paralympic World Cup in Manchester.
Kindred's wife is fellow British Paralympic gold medal winning swimmer Nyree Lewis. Together the pair, who live in Herefordshire, are known as the "golden couple" of British disability swimming.
Kindred was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours and Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to swimming.
- Great Britain at the 2008 Summer Paralympics
- List of Paralympic records in swimming
- Swimming at the 2008 Summer Paralympics
- Swimming at the 2004 Summer Paralympics
- Swimming at the 2000 Summer Paralympics
- Swimming at the 1996 Summer Paralympics
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