11th May 2017

Sascha Collects CBE at Buckingham Palace

Sascha and his family visited Buckingham Palace today to collect his CBE from HRH Prince William.

The CBE was awarded to Sascha earlier this year following an incredible 2016 which saw Sascha win his seventh Paralympic Gold Medal.

Sascha had previously received an OBE from Her Majesty the Queen in 2009 for his services to disability sport.

"It was an absolute honour to receive my OBE in 2009 so to come back again and be recognised further is beyond my wildest dreams", Said Sascha.

Sascha announced his retirement from Paralympic Sport earlier this year.New story

7th February 2017

BREAKING NEWS: Sascha Announces his Retirement

Sascha has today announced that he is retiring from swimming after a 22 year swimming career.

A press release released by British Swimming reads as follows:

Paralympic Champion Kindred bows out on a high


Sascha Kindred, one of the most successful Paralympic athletes of all time, has decided to retire after two decades at the very top of his sport.

Kindred (39), one of just a few athletes to have competed at six Paralympic Games, has competed at every World Championships since they began in 1994 and has stood on the podium at every one of them.

He began competing at just 16-years old and, within a career haul of 62 major medals, has won a total of 13 Paralympic medals including seven golds. Most recently he enjoyed success in Rio and his name remains on the record books after lowering the world standard on his way to gold in the 200m Individual Medley. 

His roster of accolades also includes 19 World Championship (50m) medals, 26 European medals, four World Championships (25m) medals and he currently holds 12 British records.

During his time with the team he has also played the valuable role of mentor to athletes such as Paralympic Champions Ollie Hynd, Ellie Simmonds and Matt Wylie.

However, Kindred now believes the time is right to say goodbye to the sport that has given him so many opportunities and allowed him to represent his country for over half of his life.

“After some long and hard decision making I have decided that it’s time for me to call time on what has been a successful swimming career,” Kindred said.

“From learning to swim at 11 and making my major championship debut at 16 at the inaugural World Championships in Malta, I never dreamt of being an international swimmer for over two decades.

“Since swimming in Rio last September I had been very much focused on continuing in the sport that has given me so much, but over the last couple of months I have come to the realisation that the physical and mental demands to be an elite athlete are now becoming too much.

“I have witnessed ParaSport go from strength to strength and enjoyed being a part of that growth representing GB at six Paralympic Games.

He recognises that although swimming is a solo sport there is a whole team of support behind his success. 

“There are a lot of people I would like to thank and far too many to name all but particular mention has to go to the support I’ve had from my first coach Michelle Weltman who helped me learn to swim as a young boy in Stoke Newington. And my current coach Emma Patrick who has supported me for the best part of 17 years,” Kindred said.

“Swimming is very much a team sport away from the individual race and a big team all over the UK wherever I have been based have helped me reach the top of the podium on numerous occasions. Thank you.

“Thank you also to all the staff at British Swimming and UK Sport who have helped get me prepared for the big performances over the years.

“Also to my family who have sacrificed a lot throughout my swimming career to help me be as successful as I can be. My wife Nyree, daughter Ella, brother Timo and mum Beatrice have all been a huge part of my journey and helped me to succeed in Para Swimming. Finishing with 62 major championship medals and being Paralympic champion seven times is something I’m very proud of.” 

Kindred reaffirms that his retirement is a tough decision but knows it’s the right time to bow out.

“Knowing when to stop a career is a very hard decision to make especially when it’s part of your life, but stopping with Paralympic Gold and a world record in the 200IM is very pleasing,” Kindred said.

“I would like to wish the current crop and future swimmers on the Para Swim team the best of luck and to enjoy every minute in the pool.

“I am now looking forward to the next chapter and enjoying time in the water with my daughter.”

National Performance Director Chris Furber recognises Sascha’s dedication and positive impact he has had on the team throughout his career.

“Sascha’s contribution to not just Para-Swimming but Paralympic Sport over the last 20 years has been phenomenal and I think something that we are unlikely to see surpassed,” Furber said. “To even compete in six Paralympics is astounding but Sascha topped this by winning seven Paralympic Gold medals.

“He has been a fabulous ambassador for British Swimming and ParalympicsGB and we are all sad that he has decided to hang up his trunks. Personally, it’s been my privilege to work with Sascha over the last four years and I’d like to thank him for the knowledge he has shared with me over that time.

“I very much hope Sascha remains involved in sport and continues to mentor British Swimmers in the same way as he did when competing so successfully.”

Multiple Paralympic Champion Ellie Simmonds said: “Sascha has always been a legend. He has been a great athlete and I have always looked up to him.

“We’re in the same classification so we have always been in the call up room around the same time and when he won the 200m IM in Rio it really motivated me ahead of my race.

“He will be really missed on our team but I wish him and his family the best for the future. I really want to thank him for all he’s done for our sport.”

Three-time Paralympic Champion Ollie Hynd added: “I really want to say thank you to Sascha for being such a massive role model and inspiring figure for myself and all the para swimmers. He has always been professional and humble even with all of his success.

“What Sascha has achieved in the sport and the longevity he’s had is inspiring and he is and always will be a massive hero to everyone on the team.”

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30th December 2016

Sascha Receives CBE in New Year's Honours List

Sascha has been recognised further in this year's New Year Honour List and now becomes a CBE for his services to swimming.

"I'm very honoured to receive a CBE from Her Majesty the Queen in recognition of my achievements," said Sascha upon hearing the news that he'd been recognised further.

"I simply love to swim and if I'm able to give something back by inspiring others to swim and achieve their dreams then that's good enough for me" he continued.

The recognition follows an amazing year for Sascha which has seen him win Gold for the 7th time at a Paralympic Games, win the Sports Personality of the Year Award for Hereford & Worcester Region, receive the honour of becoming a Freeman of the County of Herefordshire (the first person to do so) and also receive the honour of becoming a Freeman of the Borough of Oldham.

The year could have been so different for Sascha though as he originally failed to meet the qualifying time for Rio in his main event in April by 0.2 seconds which may have meant the end of his career.

But instead, the selection team for Rio recognised Sascha's time as one of the best of the year and saw Sascha as podium potential once again.

Their trust in him and his ability to peak at the right time paid off as Sascha once again won a medal at a major championship and the colour was once again Gold.

But that wasn't the full story of his time in Rio and the year so far. Sascha had to endure an agonising wait to even be able to swim in the final of Rio after he was disqualified in the Heats for an illegal leg kick which was then overturned following an appeal and much upset for Sascha.

If Sascha thought he had the mental strength to get through most things, the year was proving to be one that would see this strength pushed to the max. And it wasn't even to end there!

Following his amazing achievemnet in Rio, which many saw as a highlight of the games, Sascha was then de-selected from the British Swimming Team, a suprise considering he had won Gold in a World Record time and was continuing to improve at the age of 38. Fortunately the decision was overturned again by appeal so he remains on the team and is now in training to qualify for his 8th World Championships in 2017 and to defend his 200M Individual Medly title.

"The last few months have of such a whirlwind year have been amazing" said Sascha.

"Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine I would win Gold in the manner that I did in Rio and this is the icing on the cake of an incredible year."

So what next for Sascha? Who knows. The one certainty though is that 2016 has been incredible for him, put the biggest of smiles on his face after so much hard work and uncertainty and that whatever he achieves now couldn't cement his legenary status any more than it already has been.

Congratulations Sascha.New story

9th November 2016

Sascha Wins Sports Personality of the Year Award

Sascha was voted Sports Personality of the Year by the public in the Herefordshire and Worcester Sports Awards 2016.

He was awarded the honour at last nights awards ceremony amongst many other top athletes from the region.

It's the eleventh award given to him by the region during his time living within the region.

Well done to Sascha, and the other finalists, and thank you all for voting.New story

3rd November 2016

Sascha Nominated For Athlete of the Year

British Swimming today announced that Sascha was a nominiee for Athlete of the Year following his amazing performance in Rio during the summer.

Sascha secured his place at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games with his performance at the British International Para-Swimming Meet.

By qualifying he was one of the oldest members of the ParalympicsGB team and was competing at his sixth Paralympic Games. In his final race of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, Sascha showed his experience to come back through the field and win the 200m Individual Medley.

Read more about his and the other nominations at British Swimming.

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Sascha Made Freeman of County of Herefordshire

Sascha has today been given the greatest honour the county of Herefordshire can bestow, having made him an honourary freeman of the county.

Sascha is the first person individual to have been given the honour which was agreed amongst councillers recently in recognition of the outstanding contribution he has made to swimming and to the Paralympic Games in particular.

Sascha said: "I am very pleased to have been bestowed this high honour by the county of Herefordshire. Competing at six Paralympic games has been a great achievement and to be recognised by the council and local community is a great honour.

"Everyone has always been supportive of my journey and I would like to thank everyone in Herefordshire."

Cllr Peter McCaull, vice chairman of the council, praised Sascha for his work with young people in Leominster and encouraging them to take up swimming.

He said: "He is here to show you that you can do it if in your head you have the will to keep going. I think he has done a great job, not only in Hereford, but around the county, in encouraging young people to take up swimming."

Cllr Philip Edwards said it is privilege to have Sascha and his family, wife Nyree and daughter, Ella, living in his ward of Newton Farm.

He said: "Sascha and his family support the community. They are key to our Newton Farm principle in building the community support, particularly with community spaces."

Sascha's supporters will have a chance to show their appreciation at a special 'homecoming' event for him at Hereford Left Bank on October 8.

The chairman of Herefordshire Council, Brian Wilcox, said: "In recognition of Sascha's achievements in Paralympic, world, European and other championships, Herefordshire Council make this award to acknowledge the outstanding contribution he has made to sport and in representing Herefordshire in these and other major competitions over the past two decades, attracting national and international acclaim, bringing honour and credit on him, his family and connections including the county where he lives and to which he has rendered eminent service."

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30th September 2016

Sascha's Homecoming Party Details

A homecoming party for Sascha is being organised by the Mayor of Hereford and the Kindred Famly for Saturday 8th October 2016 at the Leftbank in Hereford, Sascha's home town.

The homecoming itself will take place between 14:00 and 16:30 at the Leftbank and is open to the general public though celebrations will continue to apprxoimately 19:00 when there will hopefully be fireworks to finish.

The party will be a river carnival (weather dependent) and carnival arts, plus music, entertainment, food, plus the man himself, Sascha Kindred and more.

If you're free, please come along to wish Sascha a warm welcome home.New story18th September 2016

He's a Bit of a Devil!

Sascha's been a life long fan of Manchester United and in some way or another is either supporting them or talking about them.

Recently they showed a documentary about Sascha which I thought I'd share with you again.

Click here for the link and the password is SASCHA (in capitals).

Did you know Sascha has also appeared on Mastermind where his specialist subject was Manchester United 1990 - Present Day?

And did you know that they recently tweeted Sascha after his Gold Medal swim in Rio?

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16th September 2016

SuperSash Speaks!

I've been fortunate enough to grab some time with our Paralympic hero today so I caught up with him about the 'Amazing Monday' that brought many of us to tears and asked him a few other questions for good measure too.

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Timo: You said you had it in you, but did you really think that at the age of 38 you'd put in a performance like that?

Sascha: I had confidence and my coach Emma had confidence as in training I've been doing personal best times across the board, but I didn't expect a World Record. That was definitely a bonus.

Timo: Did you not have any doubts at all? Not even after your first two races?

Sascha: Well ok, yes. I did have some doubts creep in after those performances. Plus my main rivals were putting in great times as well. But what you have to remember is that the 200 Individual Medley is more of an endurance race so though I didn't swim as well as I would have liked in my first two events, I still believed that I could perform in the race I've specialised in for so long.

Timo: What impressed me most was the freestyle leg of the race as usually your rivals catch you up. But this time they didn't. Was that the fastest freestyle leg you've done, or where your competitors not as fast as you expected?

Sascha: No it wasn't the fastest freestyle leg I've swam. I think my fastest splits came from the backstroke and the breaststroke but the main thing was that all four strokes were strong and that's what you have to do to win this event. If you can pull them all together, you have a chance.

Timo: Are you aware that your disqualification and re-instatement were big news over here? In fact I believe your re-instatement was Breaking News on Sky.

Sascha: No Not at all. That's incredible!

Timo: Do you think this medal would have been as special if you'd have won in London?

Sascha: Hmmmm, I don't know. That's a difficult question and I guess I'll never know.

Timo: I only ask as if you'd have won in your home Games, that would have been incredible. But this medal might not have been as special. Instead, you didn't win in London, were put as 'past it' by many, had an article state that the Kindred Empire was crumbling and yet here you are at the age of 38 with injuries, having been disqualified in the heats, having dug deeper than ever before, having won at last year's World Championships and now the Paralympics and in a new World Record. It's an incredible feat.

Sascha: I guess when you put it like that quite possibly. I'll never know for sure, but this one does feel very special yes.

Timo: Has the phrase 'Doing a Sascha' caught on yet!?

Sascha: Ha. No. I have heard of it but not over here!

Timo: Tell us something we don't know about Monday.

Sascha: I can't remember the swim! I've been asked a few times how painful it was but I honestly don't remember it.

Timo: When you looked around, did you know what you'd achieved?

Sascha: I knew I'd won but I had no idea that I'd produced a World Record time. Plus the result wasn't officially confirmed for a while as there was a disqualification in the final too which had to be sorted out which is why I received my medal the next day.

Timo: Now be honest. You did try and do a Michael Phelps after your race by getting on to the lane rope didn't you? [For those that don't know, Michael Phelps sat on the ropes after one of his races and held his arms aloft].

Sascha: Ha ha. Yes. But I was so exhausted I couldn't stay up so unfortunately I'll have to save that one for the guys at my training pool.

Timo: And Tokyo? You said 99% no. Could you really even consider the 1%?

Sascha: You never say never right and as I said earlier this week, Sir Steve Redgrave said never and look where that got him!

Timo: The swimming team in general have done amazingly well in Rio with so many stand out performances. However, what was the team's reaction to your swim?

Sascha: Dare I say that a few had me up there with the big God man himself! Clearly that's a bit too much praise, but there were a lot of bear hugs and a few of the coaches said that they have never ever seen someone as distraught as I was and re-focus as I did and come back to win like I did.

Timo: Yes, not many would have been able to manage that. Aside from Monday, what's been the best bit of Rio so far?

Sascha: I'm going to say that I hope the best bit will happen tonight as my room-mate James Crisp is swimming and I really hope he makes the podium. He's been dogged by injury for much of his career so to win a medal here would be amazing.

Timo: And the worst bit?

Sascha: Honestly nothing.

Timo: And you've got a Tom of course. How is he?

Sascha: Packed and claimed!

Timo: What's the plan now for the rest of the Games?

Sascha: Support the team for the last few days starting with tonight. We have 10 medal opportunities so it should be a good one. Then on Sunday we have some photoshoots to do and then hopefully we will have a chance to relax after that.

Timo: Will you be going Out Out?

Sascha: As the elder statesman of the team, I'm very responsible so I'll only be going Out.

Timo: Yeah right! (both laugh). And what's planned when you're back?

Sascha: A break. I need it.

Timo: What would you like to say if anything to all those people that have been following you and supporting you over the years?

Sascha: From the bottom of my heart a massive massive thank you. The support really means a lot. I know I'm the one that stands on the podium and swims the race, but I couldn't do it without the massive team around me including family, friends, coaches and the public. Unfortunately I can't thank everyone individually but you all know who you are, even if I don't personally know you.

Timo: Thanks Sash. Now go and enjoy yourself!New story

15th September 2016

In the News

Sascha's been in the news quite a bit over the last few days so I thought I'd direct you all to a few of the things you may or may not have seen so far (click on the headlines)...

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BBC 5 Live Sport

Post Race Interview - Sascha Kindred on 'incredible' gold medal at Paralympics

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13th September - BBC Sport

Rio Paralympics 2016: Ellie Simmonds, Sascha Kindred & Susie Rodgers win gold

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13th September - Daily Mail

Britain's Sascha Kindred, 38, spirit earns his seventh Paralympic gold medal at his SIXTH and final games

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13th September - Oldham Evening Chronicle

Spirited Kindred is in seventh heaven!

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14th September - Hereford Times

Hereford City Council looking to commemorate Sascha Kindred's achievement

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If you'd like to watch the coverage from Day 5 again which Sascha features in, you can go to channel 4's replay of the Swimming Finals by clicking here.

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If you missed Sascha on Channel 4's The Last Leg, you can see him on the reply by clicking here.

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12th September 2016

It's Gold Again for Sascha!

After a very dramatic day, Sascha has incredibly won another Paralympic Gold medal in a new World Record time at the age of 38 years old.

He swam tonight in the 200M SM6 Individual Medly but earlier in the day nearly missed out having been disqualified in the heats.

But Sascha was re-instated after an appeal by the team which was upheld.

In the final Sascha swam incredibly in all four strokes even holding off the rest of the field in the last freestyle leg, finishing in a final time of 2:38.47, a personal best and new World Record.

Amazing result! Absolutely amazing.

#LEGENDNew story

8th September 2016

Good Luck Sascha

It's the night before Sascha's first race in Rio and to wish him well, a few of Sascha's fans wantd to wish Sascha good luck to him below...

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Rhys Gill, Age 14, S9/SB9/SM9

"Good luck Sascha from the Gill family in Aberdeen. You've been such an great role model for us. Our son has just received his swimming classification and been selected for the Scottish Junior Disability Swimming Squad and you are one of the reasons he's there. We will be watching and cheering you on! Good luck!"

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Ryan Seyler, Age 7

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Ben, Age 15

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Luke Hayes, Age 6

If you'd like to send any messages of good luck to Sascha please email timo@saschakindred.co.uk and of course tweet them too.New story
8th September 2016

Sascha's Schedule - Updated

DETAILED SCHEDULE FOR SASCHA IN RIO AS FOLLOWS...

Friday 9th September - 50M S6 Butterfly (podium possibility)

Heats - 09:54 (13:54 GMT)
Final - 18:11 (22:11 GMT)

He has the 4th fastest qualifying time in this event and is ranked number 4 in the world so he has a great chance for a medal here.

Watch out for the end of the race where a good reach for the finish can make the difference.

Saturday 10th September - 50M S6 Freestyle

Heat - 09:46 (13:46 GMT)
Final - 17:44 (21:44 GMT)

Though we're unlikely to see Sascha on the podium here, he has a chance of reaching the final if he does a good time and that's what he'll be aiming for ahead of his event on Monday where a strong freestyle leg will be essential.

Monday 12th September - 200M SM6 Individual Medley (podium possibility)

Heats - 11:18 (15:18 GMT)
Final - 19:31 (11:31 GMT)

He is the current World Champion in this event and is ranked number 1 in the world this year.

Winning is anything but assured though as he was beaten in to 2nd in this event in 2012, has younger athletes all around him who could swim personal bests of which half a dozen are capable of reaching the podium.

Sascha will ideally need a decent lead going in to the final length to be in with a shot of Gold. If he has that, then roar your loudest as he kicks for home.

Keep everything crossed!

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These are the scheduled times but they will obviously vary slightly depending on times of races, medal ceremonies and breaks in between races.

Channel 4 is clearly broadcasting coverage from the Paralympics but we're not sure if they'll cover each of the above races. If they're not live on Channel 4, then they should be available live on their website at http://paralympics.channel4.com/watch-live/.
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Questions to Sascha

So, with Sascha going to be enjoying the Opening Ceremony from the comfort of an armchair somewhere in Rio on the 7th September, and us all enjoying it from the comfort of our armchairs in the UK (probably), I thought it a good time to post a question and answer session I had with Sascha…

Timo: So, from the above, the immediate question people might ask is why you will be watching the Opening Ceremony on a television rather than within the stadium?

Sascha: Ha, that's a good one as clearly most people would love the opportunity to see an Opening Ceremony live as would I, but it's been something I've not been to for a few games now for a couple of reasons. One is that my main race has normally been the day after, so many athletes who might be in the same situation make the decision along with their coaches to miss it, as they often feel it's not the best preparation to attend it.

Though that's not the case this year as my first event is in two days time, we still felt it was best not to attend this time around due to all the standing around which tires me out a lot.

Timo: And I guess when we consider things, not attending the Ceremony is better than not attending Rio, which nearly happened of course. How hard would it have been if you hadn't been selected?

Sascha: Oh god. Well, it's hard to imagine that situation now, but I would have had to manage it and at the end of the day, all our careers have to end eventually so if it wasn't meant to be it wasn't meant to be. That said, I would have been very disappointed.

Timo: The good news though is that you were selected. So what's the aim?

Sascha: To swim the best I can and achieve a personal best. If I do that, then I have a chance of a spot on the podium.

Timo: That's going to be pretty tough as a) your main rival in the 200 IM is Brazilian and b) he's about half your age. Worried?

Sascha: Not worried as I know I have good swims left in me and that I'm doing good times. Plus I've beaten my main rivals in the last year so I know what it takes.

Timo: Are you feeling in shape?

Sascha: Yes, the things I'm doing in training is positive and I feel like I'll be in the right place when I'm stood behind the blocks.

Timo: What was it like watching the Olympics recently and how well everyone was doing?

Sascha: Exciting. It makes you want to get out there and race so I'm glad I'm finally out here. I'm sure there'll be similar if not greater achievements from the Paralympics team this time around.

Timo: Who inspired you the most? Pick three athletes.

Sascha: Adam Peaty as he was so far ahead of the wold record in an event I used to swim - the 100M Breaststroke. It was truly amazing to watch and he comes across as a really nice guy too. Mo Farah too as he did the double again and even after falling over. And lastly the divers Jack Laugher and Chris Mears as we'd never won gold in diving before.

Timo: Last time you went to a Paralympic Games, your daughter Ella didn't really understand what was going on but this time around she will. What will it be like knowing she's watching and will it give you extra motivation?

Sascha: Definitely. She inspires me to do better all the time and I want her to be proud of my achievements.New story

31st August 2016

Sascha's Rio Schedule

Sascha will be swimming in three events at the Paralympic Games in Rio next month.

These will be:

9th September - 50fly
10th September - 50free
12th September - 200IM

There will be live coverage on Channel 4 and highlights on More 4. Heats are between 1:30pm & 4.00pm uk time and finals between 9.30pm and 1.45am uk time.New story

15th July 2016

In The News - Paralympian Inspires Youngsters from Eckington CE First

Worcester News Online

THE children of Eckington CE First School enjoyed a visit from Paralympic swimmer Sascha Kindred.

The athlete was there to talk to the pupils about his journey through five paralympics and how he won 12 paralympic medals.

The visit fitted in with the school's learning about The Olympics as part of a whole school topic 'Road to Rio.'

Read more here.New story

16th May 2016

There Is Only One!

He's won 61 major championship medals during a 22 year swimming career.

He's swam in 7 World Championships (the only male to do so and medal in all of them), 6 European Championships and 5 Paralympic Games, breaking countless World, European and British Records in the process.

He's won every major SM6 200M Individual Medley event bar one he's competed in since the year 1999, has 12 Paralympic Medals to his name including 6 Golds and is still a World Champion.

He's received an OBE from Her Majesty the Queen, been Voted Male Swimmer of the Year, received an award for Outstanding Achievement from British Swimming and been voted Sportsman of the Year in some respect over a dozen times.

And now he'll be representing Great Britain at his 6th Paralympic Games.

There is only 1.

Sascha Kindred.

‪#‎Proud‬ ‪#‎Brother‬ ‪#‎Legend‬ ‪#‎Rio2016‬ ‪#‎supercharge‬ ‪#‎SuperSash‬New story

16th May 2016

Breaking News - Sascha in Team for Rio!

The BPA today announced the 31 swimmers who will compete for ParalympicsGB at Rio 2016, including your truly Sascha Kindred.

Sascha is joined on the team by a formidable list of Paralympic multi-medallists including Ellie Simmonds, Charlotte Henshaw, James Crisp, Claire Cashmore and Olli Hynd.

Though Sascha narrowly missed out on the qualification time in April, other factors were taken in to consideration when making the team selection meaning Sascha will represent Great Britain at his 6th Paralympic Games this summer.

Speaking today Sascha said, "I am absolutely delighted to be selected.

Continuing he said, "I have been swimming well, am the current World Champion and was hoping that I'd get another shot at adding to mine and the teams medal count."

"I will be doing everything in my power to ensure I do that between now and Rio" he added.

Read more on the British Swimming site.New story

17th March 2015

Gold Gold Gold!

Sascha won yet another World Championship Gold today as he claimed victory in the 200M SM6 Individual Medley in Glasgow at the IPC Swimming World Championships.

With the race containing some of toughest competitors Sascha has faced during his career, Sascha had to produce one of the best swims of his life and he surely delivered.

Hitting home with a time of 2:41.41, Sascha fended off the challenge of Nelson Crispin of Columbia (2:41.84) and Talisson Glock of Brazil (2:41.87).

Though his time wasn't a PB like in so many of his races recently, it was a World Championship Record and a season's best.

The Gold makes it Major Championship Medal number 61 and it makes it 11 out of 13 in the 200M Individual Medley event. New story

15th March 2015

Sascha Wins Bronze!

Sascha won his 60th Major Championship Medal today as he picked up a bronze in the 50M S6 Butterfly, the first of his three events at the IPC World Championships being held in Glasgow this week.

Having qualified from the mornings heats in the third fastest time, there was expectation of a medal from Sascha and he duly delivered.

Finishing in a time of 32.97 seconds, Sascha was some way off his personal best, but still managed to touch in behind Tao Zheng and Qing Xu of China to claim the bronze medal.

Keep an eye out for further news about Sascha's events on Friday and Sunday. New story13th July 2015

That's Saschamazing - The Stats Say it All!

Today marked the start of the 7th IPC World Swimming Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, where Sascha will aim to add to his 17 IPC World Championship medals.

As he prepares to swim in the Championships, also his 7th World Swimming Championships, I thought I'd share a few stats with you.

  1. Sascha has won a total of 17 World Championship Medals of which 7 have been Gold, a win rate of 41.17%
  2. Sascha's first World Championship medal came in the 100M Breaststroke at the Malta Games in 1994, an event in which he would soon dominate and win a further 15 Major Championship medals in
  3. Following his first World Championships medal, 10 of his subsequent 15 Major Championship medals in the 100M Breaststroke were Gold, a win rate of 66.66%
  4. Though Sascha won his first World Championship medal in 1994, it wasn't until the 2002 Games in Argentina where he won his first Gold World Championships Medal, after which he won 8 out of 12 Individual World Championship races, a win rate of 66.66%
  5. After Sascha's haul of 4 medals (3 Gold and 1 Bronze) at the 2002 World Championships in Argentina, Sascha was voted World Swimmer of the Year by his fellow Paralympians
  6. Of the 12 Major Championships medals Sascha has won in the 200M Individual Medley, 10 of them are Gold, a win rate of 83.33%
  7. Sascha has swum in 18 Major Championships, winning Gold in 14 of them, meaning that he wins Gold in nearly 8 out of 10 Championships he goes to

And possibly the best stat of all...

  1. Winning his first World Championship medal 21 years ago at the 1994 Games in Malta when he was just 16, Sascha has been an ever present at all IPC World Championship Games representing Great Britain in Christchurch (New Zealand), Mar del Plata (Argentina), Durban (South Africa), Eindhoven (Netherlands), Montreal (Canada) and now Glasgow, making him one of a few, if not the only male swimmer to have represented his country and swum in all 7 Championships (can anyone confirm this?)

Sascha will compete in the 50M S6 Butterfly on Wednesday, 200M SM6 Individual Medley on Friday and the 100M S6 Freestyle on Sunday.

You can get all the latest news and watch live streaming here.

GOOD LUCK SASCHA!New story

30th March 2015

Sascha Qualifies for Seventh World Championships

Sascha will be attending his seventh IPC World Championships after achieving the qualification mark required at this weeks British Para-Swimming Meet in Glasgow.

The Championships, which will also be held in Glasgow this year, are the seventh consecutive IPC World Championships Sascha has qualified for during his 20 swimming career.

Sascha qualified for the Championships in the 200M SM6 Indivudual Medley event swimming a time of 2:42.82 in the heats and 2:44.53 in the final.

Sascha also swam in the 50M S6 Butterfly event swimming a time of 33.85 seconds in the heats and 32.79 seconds in the Final.

Speaking after the Para-Swimming Meeting Sascha said, "I'm totally stoked to be representing Great Britain again at this years World's.

"When I first started swimming I never would have imagined I'd still be representing my country now but as long as I'm enjoying myself and my times are good, I'll continue to swim," he added.

It is likely that Sascha will swim a number of events in Glasgow, including the 200M Individual Medley, 50M Butterfly and 100M freestyle.

The Championships take place between the 13th and 19th July and you can find a schedule of events here.

See Sascha in a video talking about the upcoming World Championships here.

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24th November 2014

Sascha Wins Again in Records Bonanza

Sascha clocked up three wins and three personal bests at the British Gas Disability Open Short Course Championships at the weekend.

Kindred entered the event as one of the most experienced and decorated swimmers in the Paralympic movement, having won 12 medals from the past five Paralympic Games.

He began his successful weekend on Saturday morning when he touched home for a British record in the S6 100m Freestyle (1:08:91).

He then returned in the afternoon to claim a new world record in the SM6 200m Individual Medley (2:39:27).

In Sunday afternoon's session, he was still showing the young swimmers why he continues to be one of the world's best with another British record in S6 400m Freestyle (5:10:77).

After his world record, Kindred said: "I've never stopped learning my trade so to break another world record is something I'm very proud off and shows there's still room for improvement for the older swimmer! My swim felt really good but there are bits I'm still not happy with, so hopefully I can go faster."

New story8th August 2014

Sascha Wins Three More Medals at European Championships

Sascha wins two further Golds and a Bronze in Eindhoven to make it five medals from five events.

Sascha picked up Gold in the 200M SM6 Individual Medley yesterday and then Gold in the 100M S7 Freestyle and Bronze in the 100M SB7 Breaststroke today.

Incredibly, he set two Personal Bests in the 200M Individual Medley and the 100M S7 Freestyle with times of 2:40.82 (a European Record) and 1:09.83 respectively.

Watch coverage from Friday 8th here: http://paralympics.channel4.com/

Sascha's 200M Individual Medley race is at 14 minutes 20 seconds.

Watch coverage from Friday 8th here: http://paralympics.channel4.com/

Sascha's 100M Freestyle race is at 19 minutes 30 seconds.

Sascha's 100M Breaststroke is at 2 hours and 9 minutes.New story

6th August 2014

Sascha Wins Second Medal at European Championships

Sascha won his second medal at the IPC European Swimming Championships today, taking Silver in the 50M S6 Freestyle.

Watch race here (Sascha's race is at 46 minutes 12 seconds)

Qualifying for the final with the fastest time, Sascha was confident of getting a medal but wasn't sure which colour it would be knowing there were some strong freestylers around him.

And so it proved as Sascha dived in to the water coming up behind with work to do. Catching up with 25 metres gone, Sascha looked like he was going to forge ahead and take the Gold but Sebastian Iwanow from Germany in Lane 7 began to take the lead.

Iwanow pushed for home and showed a fantastic burst of speed to finish with a time of 31.77 ahead of Sascha who was 0.69 seconds behind.

Sascha was relatively pleased with the swim knowing freestyle isn't his favourite event but was slightly dissappointed knowing it could have been an opportunity missed.

Today he'll turn his attention to the 200M SM6 Individual Medley and as the current World Champion, there's no reason why he shouldn't make it four Golds in a row in the event.

Watch live here: https://www.youtube.com/user/ParalympicSportTV

or

here: http://paralympics.channel4.com/

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5th August 2014

Sascha Wins Gold at European Championships

Sascha stormed to Gold today in the 50M S6 Butterfly event at IPC European Swimming Championships.

Swimming in his 6th European Championships, Sascha won the event in 32.71 seconds ahead of rival Sergey Klyagin from Ukraine who finished in a time of 33.41 seconds.

Leading from start to finish, Sascha showed his class in an event he only took up later in his career to make it 12 Gold medals at European Championships.

"To get a medal in my first event takes the pressure off for the rest of the week and shows the youngsters that I can still do it out there," Sascha said after the race.

Sascha will now turn his attention to his less favoured 50M Freestyle event tomorrow before his favourite events later in the week.New story

4th August 2014

Watch Sascha Compete at the IPC European Championships

Sascha will begin his quest for more major international medals this week as the IPC European Swimming Championships in Eindhoven, Holland get underway.

The event will be Sascha's sixth European Championships Games having first competed in the Europeans in Perpignan, France in 1995 where he won his first ever international Gold medal in the 100M Breaststroke.

Since then, even though Sascha missed the last European Championships due to injury, he has amassed an impressive haul of 20 medals at the Europeans (11 Golds, 4 Silver and 5 Bronze).

At this year's Games, Sascha will be aiming to add to his haul and will be swimming in the following events:

"I'm excited to be swimming at yet another major meeting after over 20 years in the sport and hope to be able to produce the goods again," said Sascha speaking ahead of his first event tomorrow.

"It seems so long ago now, but it was at the European Championships where I won my first Gold and my mum, twin brother and even grandparents from Germany had travelled to see me win," Sascha added.

Sascha is part of a 30-strong team in Eindhoven along with fellow campaigners Mathew Walker, Ellie Simmonds and new Commonwealth champion Ollie Hynd.

To watch the Games visit:

https://www.youtube.com/user/ParalympicSportTVNew story

30th April 2014

Sascha to Open New Debenhams Store

Sascha will open a new branch of Debenhams in Hereford tomorrow following a search for a local hero competition by the store.

Debenhams launched the competition to find a local hero earlier in the year and Sascha, 36, who lives in Herefordshire with his wife and daughter, was nominated as Hereford’s local hero because of his inspirational achievements.

Sascha is one of Britain’s most successful Paralympic athletes, dominating in Breaststroke and Individual Medley events within his classification at major championships all over the world. He has won a total of six Paralympic, nine World and eleven European Championship Gold medals and has represented Great Britain in four Olympic Games.

Debenhams store manager, Juanita Armstead, who judged the competition said, “Who better to open our brand new store than Sascha. He has achieved so much for our country and is a shining example of what great talent we have in Hereford.

“We are really excited for him to join us on our big opening day.”

Commenting on being chosen as Hereford's local here Sascha said, "Ever since we moved to Hereford we have felt part of the community and I'm honoured to have been chosen to open the store tomorrow."

Shoppers will be able to enter the store for the first time after the officail opening at 10am.New story

20th April 2014

Sascha Qualifies for 6th European Championships

Sascha did enough to qualify for his 6th European Championships at the British Para-Swimming International Meeting in Glasgow yesterday.

Reaching the required qualifying times in both the S6 50m Freestyle and the SM6 200m Individual Medley, Sascha has a strong chance of making his way to European Championships later this year which take place in Eindhoven, Holland between 4th and 10th August.

If Sascha does get selected, it will his 6th European Championships and 18th Major Swimming Championships in which he has swam and ammassed an incredible 56 medals.

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24rd November 2013

Results from the DSE National Swimming Championships in Sheffield

Sascha has been swimming at the Disability Swimming Championships in Sheffield this weekend.

Here's a roundup of his results:

MD = Multi Disability

Saturday

100M MD Freestyle - Sascha Kindred - 1:09.22

1st in classification with a new British Record, 11th overall on points

100M MD Individidual Medley - Sascha Kindred - 1:15.06

1st in classification, 1st overall on points (Gold)

400M MD Freestyle - Sascha Kindred - 5:14.72

1st in classification in a new British Record, 10th overall on point New story

14th November 2013

Sascha Voted Sports Personality of the Year

Sascha picked up two awards at last nights Herefordshire and Worcestershire Sports Awards including Sports Personality of the Year.

Sascha won a close contest against other great sporting stars from the region including Paralympic stars Claire Cashmore and Josie Pearson.

In addition to picking up the overall award for Sports Personality of the Year, Sascha also picked up Male Sports Personality of the Year.

No doubt Sascha's comeback at this years IPC World Swimming Championships at which he picked up Gold and Bronze medals, an improvement on both medals in London 2012, thrust him back to the forefront of peoples minds and in to contention for the awards.

Though Sascha was not able to be at the awards himself, he did appear via video message to guests and his wife, Nyree Kindred MBE, was able to pick up the award on his behalf.

"I'm very proud to receive this award on behalf of Sascha," she said.

"Like many other athletes, Sascha's had to adapt to the increased level of competition since the last time he picked up this award and to still be recognised by people is something special so many years on is something special."

Speaking after the awards to brother Timo, Sascha said, "I didn't think I'd get it as the other contendors have achieved so much over the years."

"Thank you to everyone who voted for me," he added.

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21st October 2013

Vote Sascha for Sports Personality of the Year

Sascha is up for this year's Sports Personality of the Year Award in Herefordshire and Worcestershire and needs your votes!

Yes, Sascha is again up for an award and after claiming his 10th World Champioship title in Montreal earier this year, are we suprised?

He'll face stiff competition but with your support could again claim the award he last won in 2008/09.

Vote for him here: VOTE SASCHA

New story16th August 2013

Sascha Wins Gold!

An amazing swim by Sascha Kindred saw him pick up a well deserved Gold medal in the 200M SM6 Individual Medley at this years IPC World Championships in Montreal, Canada.

Sascha lost out on Gold at the London 2012 Paralympic Games last year and was deteremed to avenge the defeat to his Chinese rival.

He started off well out of the blocks and turned in second after the butterfly leg and seemed to be in pretty good shape. The backstroke, Sascha's weakest stroke saw him drop back to fourth, but as he turned into the breaststroke leg, he started to catch his rivals and then power away.

By the last turn Sascha was where he wanted to be and had a 2 - 3 metre lead and from thereon, there was no catching him. Touching home in a time of 2:51.82, another season's best and only narrowly off his personal best, Sascha took Gold and with that, his 4th 200M SM6 Individual Medly World Championship title in a row.

"I'm very proud," he said. "It was hard work but I'm really proud of a great result. It was just outside my personal best so it shows I was on good form as well.

"My strong part of my medley is my back end - the breast and free. I always know I'm going to be down after the fly and back. It's a case of working my strengths and holding as hard as I can in the freestyle and thankfully I was able to do that."

The win rounds off a fantastic World Championships for Sascha having improved on both positions at the London 2012 Games.

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13th August 2013

Sascha Claims Bronze at World Champs

Sascha picked up a fantastic Bronze Medal today in the 100M SB7 Breastroke final at his sixth IPC World Championships.

Up against his usual rivals including the current World Record holder and defending World Champion Australian Blake Cochrane, Sascha knew even medalling would be tough.

Sascha started well enough but was immediately fighting to stay in touch with the medal places after 25 metres. However, still in contention at the turn Sascha seemed to know he had a chance of medalling and fought hard to come back.

By the last 25, the gap was closing to bronze and Sascha stormed through to touch ahead and finish in third in a time of 1:23.68, a seasons best time.

Having finished fourth at the same event in the London 2012 Games, the result is a great achievement for Sascha who still shows no sign of slowing down at the age of 35.

"I'm really pleased. To have come fourth last year and now third is an improvement so it shows I can still compete at the highest level."

Sascha will now turn his attention to the 200M SM6 Individual Medley on 15th August and surely on this form, Gold isn't out of the question.

Watch an interview with Sascha here: Sascha Interview.

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7th August 2013

Sascha Arrives in Montreal for World Championships

Sascha arrived in Montreal yesterday as he begins his quest for more major championship medals at this months IPC World Swimming Championships.

The championships will be Sascha's 7th major World Championships since he began his international career 20 years ago and will see him compete once again in the two events that have defined his career, the 100M SB7 Breaststroke and the 200M SM6 Individual Medley.

Over the years, Sascha has picked up 18 medals at World Championships Games and he will be hoping to add to that tally this time around.

However, Sascha doesn't underestimate the task ahead as he will once again be lining up against rivals who have had the better of him over the last year.

Speaking ahead of the games which start on 12th August 2013, Sascha said "Last year was the first time I failed to medal in one of my events for some time so I'd love to put that right and medal in both but I know that will be tough."

"All I can do is try my best, and if I produce personal bests as I did last year then I'm in with a shout," he added.

Sascha will be swimming the 100M SB7 Breasstroke on the 13th August and the 200M SM6 Individual Medley on the 15th August.

You can see the action here:

http://www.youtube.com/user/ParalympicSportTV

http://www.channel4.com/programmes/ipc-swimming-world-championships-2013

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30th April 2013

Sascha's Place at World Championships Confirmed

Sascha was today announced on a 32 strong squad to take on the rest of the world at the IPC Swimming World Championships in Canada this August.

Sascha's selection on the team means he will now definitely compete at his 7th Major World Championships since he first began his international swimming career in 1994.

It will also mean he will now have the chance of adding to his remarkable tally of 50 major international championship medals having picked up his first at the European Championships in France in 1994 and his last at the Paralympic Games in London only last year.

"I am pretty excited to be able to compete alongside some of the world's best again," said Sascha. "I didn't have a great lead up to the trials and to achieve the time was a big relief. The qualification in Great Britain is always tough because of the level that we are at so I am pleased to be named on the team today.

"This is my sixth World Championships and I have medalled at the last five. I would love to medal again but I just want to go and do my best out there," he added.

Though Sascha will be going to Canada, unfortunately wife Nyree Kindred has not been selected as she narrowly missed out on the qualifying time.New story

27rd April 2013

Sascha Qualifies for World Championships in Montreal

Sascha qualified for his 7th Major World Championships in a row today in the 200M Individual Medley at the British International Disability Swimming Championships in Sheffield.

Sascha needed to swim under the qualifying time of 2:47.52 to qualify and comfortably did so finishing in a time of 2:45.82.

This means that if selected, which is likely, Sascha will be competing in yet another major international championships, 19 years after making his international debut at the Malta World Championships in 1994.

Before that though, Sascha will turn his attention to the final this evening where he will hope to swim faster and get close to the world record with the hope of then medalling. He will then also swim in the 100M SB7 Breaststroke tomorrow.New story

23rd April 2013

Sascha Aims to Qualify for 7th World Championships

Sascha will be aiming to qualify for his seventh world championship games in a row this week as he competes at the IPC World Championship Trials in Sheffield.

The Trials are being held at Ponds Forge Swimming Pool in Sheffield between the 25th and 28th of April and will host athletes from 30 countries around the World.

If Sascha qualifies for the World Championships in Montreal, Canada later this year, the Championships will give Sascha the opportunity to add to the impressive 18 medals won at the last six World Championships which have included a total of 9 Gold medals.

Sascha will be aiming to qualify for the World Championships in his two main events, the 200M SM6 Individual Medley in which he is the defending World Champion and the 100M SB7 Breaststroke.

The qualifying mark in the 200M Individual Medley event is set at 2:47.52 and for the 100M Breastroke it is set at 1:23.80.

Sascha's wife Nyree Kindred will also be aiming to qualify for the games which would her fourth World Championships.

Nyree is aiming to qualify in the 100M S6 Backstroke in which the qualifying mark is set at 1:27.09. She is also aiming to qualify for the 400M S6 Freestyle.

Sascha and Nyree both picked up fabulous Silver medals at the London 2012 Games last year in the 200M Individual Medley and 100M Backstroke respectively.

If Sascha and Nyree qualify, they will again join many of the GB swimmers who competed in London 2012 like Eleanor Simmonds, Sam Hynd and Jonathan Fox.

To read more about the event and see Sascha in the 'Ones to Watch' section, go to: BIDSC 2013New story

1st March 2013

Meeting Room Named after Golden Couple at British Swimming HQ

Sascha and Nyree have had one of eight meeting rooms named after them at British Swimming Headquarters in Sheffield.

The meeting room now named, 'The Kindred Room', was named after the couple recognising their achievements over the years as two of the most successful British Swimmers.

Sascha said, 'We are very proud and honoured to have a meeting room here named after us. There are so many great swimmers to have swam for Great Britain so to even be conidered would be very special."

See pic at: The Kindred Room

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13th January 2013

Thank You For Your Incredible Support!

"It's been another remarkable year for me and one that wouldn't have been possible without your support" says Sascha.

Here he reflects on 2012, thanks all his supporters and looks forward to what the future might hold...

Without doubt, last year was one of the biggest of my professional swimming career so far, if not 'the' biggest.

And now that I've had a bit of time off, I've been able to reflect on what I achieved and also look forward to where my future lies as a Paralympic athlete.

Injury

Looking back first, preparations for my 2012 campaign didn't go too well as I slipped a disc in my back in 2011 which kept me out of the water and unable to train fully for six months.

I even missed my first major Championships as a Paralympic swimmer in 2011, the European Championships in Berlin. This was incredibly hard as I missed out on defending my titles and had to watch as my rivals around the globe swam quicker.

It was frustrating because as an athlete all you want to do is go out and compete and show the world that you are the best, but rather than compete, I had to miss training sessions, take extra care when doing every day activities and worst of all, watch the European Championships on my sofa. To say my preparation for the Games was ideal is an understatement.

Thus, for me even to qualify for the Paralympics at the trials in March 2012 was a great achievement due to all the training I had missed. Though at the same time, I always new that my years of experience as an athlete and looking after my body would give me a great chance of qualifying and representing ParalympicsGB for a fifth time.

Ella

The experience of my injury and doubts as to whether I would compete at the games was a whole new experience that tested me fully. But I new that nothing had ever stopped me before and one thing more than ever kept me going. Little Ella.

I and my wife Nyree who was preparing for her fourth games had a baby girl Ella in June of 2011 and by 2012, she was our inspiration driving us further forward than we'd ever been before. So whilst there were struggles, every day was made easier with her around us.

London 2012

Going into the Games I was hopeful of achieving my ultimate goal by becoming Paralympic champion at a home games having recovered from my injury. I was feeling good.

That said, I also new there was the world of expectation on my shoulders. Imagine the following. I had just recovered from injury, had a new baby girl to look after, was pretty much unbeaten in my main two events for over 12 years, was one of the senior members of the squad which people looked up to and had over 40 friends and family traveling to see me. If there was pressure I was trying not to feel it and the only way to use this to my advantage was to bottle it up and let it all out on race day.

As you're all probably aware, what happened next didn't quite go to plan. I finished fourth in my first event the 100m Breaststroke. I was disappointed, but I new this was going to be the harder of my two main events. I had to get over this quickly and look forward to the Medley.

The Medley arrived and I took my chance. I swam the best I have ever done, finishing in the final with a new personal best time and World Record. The only problem was, someone had swam faster.

I hadn't experienced second place in the Medley event at a major championship for as long as I can remember and felt gutted. Silver was the medal I won in my first Games in Atlanta which is what spurred me on to become Paralympic Champion as I wasn't happy with it, so how could I be happy now?

I was quickly reminded of what I and many athletes preach. If you do a personal best, you cannot ask for anything more. I knew this and knew that I had done the best I could. What's more, I was reminded of the many years of Paralympic Glory I had experienced and that at some point I may not win Gold. It was a shame that this would be at London 2012, but I knew I had done well especially with the knowledge that after 18 years of making my debut, i was still breaking records.

Looking again at the hugely impressive Silver medal, I new I had done well and am incredibly proud of my achievement.

Post London 2012

Since the games I and Nyree have been to a number of awards ceremonies, charity events and other functions which we love doing.

In particular, we went to 10 Downing Street to raise awareness of The Big Splash Trust which raises funds to help severely disabled children and their families lead a fuller, easier life.

We also had an amazing invitation to Florida with Seaworld Parks and the Dreamflight charity. This was an inspirational trip for Nyree, Ella and I as we were there to inspire the 192 disabled children who got a holiday of a lifetime to all Seaworld and Disney Parks with the charity.

It was more inspiring for us than anything to see the great work the charity does and the best day was when all 192 children got to swim with dolphins at Discovery Cove. WOW.

We have also been to many schools to show them the medals we won and talk about our achievements with the aim of promoting sport and inspiring others to reach for the sky and achieve their dreams.

Support

Though we've undoubtedly had a lot to juggle over the last year, we seemed to have coped incredibly well and we have a lot of people to thank for their incredible support.

Without this support, we wouldn't have been able to prepare for London like we did and so I want to thank all our family and friends for being there as we couldn't have achieved what we have without them.

Specifically I would also like to thank my coaches Emma and Ben as they made sure they got the best out of me in every training session.

I also want to thank the people from our local community in Hereford who have given us so much support over the years and also Halo Leisure and The Point 4.

And lastly I would like to thank my sponsor Southern Water who have been fantastic over the last two and a half years and allowed me to focus even more on my training.

The Future

With Christmas and New Year now in the past its time to focus on my next goal which is to qualify for the World Championships that are in Canada in August.

I feel as I did a best time in London I have unfinished business in my sport and want to continue to see if I can push my body further and still compete with the athletes who have caught me up. The trials will be in April and hopefully I will be able to qualify for my 7th World Championships.

Once again a big thank you to everyone who has supported me and a last special thanks to my wife Nyree and daughter Ella for their daily support and also to my mum Beatrice and brother Timo for all they have done over the years.

These people mean the most to me and are the ones who will hopefully help me achieve my goals this year.New story1st December 2012

Photos From the Team Kindred Homecoming

Here are a couple of photos from the recent Homecoming in Hereford with close friends, family and invited guests.

There are more photos on the Sascha Kindred Fanclub page on Facebook so if you ask to join the club there, you will be able to see them.New story

3rd November 2012

In the News - The Sun, 'Flip of a Lifetime'

If little Joel Hales-Waller needed any proof that dreams come true, this was it.

The 10-year-old Paralympic hopeful, who has had a leg amputated, had just come face to face with a dolphin.

It was all thanks to charity Dreamflight, which gives disabled children the holiday of a lifetime.

Read more here.New story

29th October 2012

Sascha and Nyree Shortlisted for Sports Awards

SASCHA and Nyree have been shortlisted for the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2012.

They have been nominated for the shortlist by The Sports Partnership Herefordshire and Worcestershire, one of 49 sports partnerships in England.

They face stiff competition for the award not only against each other, but also against three other athletes from the region Josie Pearson (Discus and Club, ParalympicsGB), Jess Varnish (Cycling, Team GB) and Mel Clarke (Archery, ParalympicsGB).

Though neither Sascha or Nyree won Gold in London 2012, both have a strong chance of winning the award having won their medals in personal best times and having competed for Great Britain for so long.

Sascha has now competed in five Paralympic Games winning twelve medals including six Golds and at the age of 34, again swam under his previous best and World Record time in the 200M Individual Medley.

Nyree has now competed in four Paralympic Games winning ten medals including six Golds and not only did she win a Silver at London 2012 in a new personal best time, she achieved it after giving birth to baby Ella in 2011.

If you'd like to vote for them please visit: H&W Sports AwardsNew story

4th September 2012

In the News - Hereford Times - Coach Backs Sascha and Nyree to go Faster

COACH Emma Patrick believes there's more to come from Paralympic swimming stars Sascha and Nyree Kindred.

Hereford-based couple Sascha and Nyree clinched silver medals and achieved personal best times for Great Britain at London 2012.

"During the Games, I was thinking that I couldn't put myself through it again because I was so worried and stressed," said Emma, who trains the duo in Leominster.

Read the full article here.New story

29th September 2012

Hereford Welcomes Back Paralympians in Homecoming Celebration

Sascha and Nyree Kindred were two of a number of local Paralympic athletes welcomed back to Hereford today.

They joined fellow Herefordshire athletes Josie Pearson, James Bevis and footballers from the National College for the Blind in a parade as over 500 people turned out to see them.

Sascha and Nyree spent hours in the town centre after the parade signing autographs for fans who were just as enthusiastic to see them as there were at the Paralympics earlier on in the month.

Commenting on the turnout Sascha said, "We've lived and trained in Herefordshire for a number of years now and the support we've had here has been fantastic.

"We really feel like part of the town and want to say a huge thank you to everybody."

Nyree said, "We've taken a break since we finished so the homecoming parade is great for us.

"I've been to four Paralympic Games and London was definitely the biggest - having the home crowd and the support was incredible.

"London has helped us to really promote what the Paralympics is all about and we work hard for what we achieve."New story

17th September 2012

Sascha Kindred Number 2!

There have been many messages of support over the last few weeks for Sascha pre and post London 2012.

Here are a few of them for you all to see.

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A poem from Hayley Louise Turner from High Wycombe, mum of Sascha fan Iris Turner:

Growing up a little scared
and different to my friends
my weakness shows and I am scared
that this will never end.

Then I saw a bright new day
and a great new inspiration
I found my new great hero
And he is from our great nation.

At school I get to say one day
I will be great like you
A superhero swimmer
Sasha kindred number 2!

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Some quotes from supporters on the Sascha Kindred Fan Page:

"I pointed out to my son that he'd probably be in the 38 running category and that if he went to the Paralympics Evan O Hanlan is the guy he'd need to beat. He said what do you mean "IF"

"My daughter is convinced she's going to get a gold medal in Rio although she's not taking me because I might get upset & I need the break so I should stay home!"

"My son thinks he already great at football and he said in 8 years he is gonna score the winning goal for Team GB x"

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Some messages of support:

"Well done Sascha you did us proud and I have to say got a bit of a crush going on now lol xx" - Many Smith from Ramsgate

"Sascha, you are a true hero, gentleman and inspiration. Your achievements are phenomenal and we are all very, very proud of you" - Ellen Mee from Gringley on the Hill

"Emma and I watched you 4 years ago and you inspired her to take her swimming seriously. You should be very proud that you are such an inspiration to young children and are making a difference to young lives (taking the time to answer emails from Emma). Go forward knowing you have a great future and that you have touched lives. God bless x" - Sharon Noon from Dukinfield

 

Thank you all for your messages.

Sascha xxNew story

3rd September 2012

Sascha Takes Silver in 200M SM6 Individual Medley

Sascha won his 12th Paralympic medal after swimming a PB in the 200M SM6 Individual Medley today.

Though Sascha broke his own World Record in the event, unfortunately it wasn't enough to take the Gold as XU Qing from China stormed to Gold in a new World Record time of 2:38.62.

Having swam fastest in the morning's heat, Sascha was looking good to retain his crown this evening and started very well on the first and normally weaker half of the race.

At halfway, Sascha was in contention and then started to pull into a lead on the Breaststroke. But Qing stuck with him and was too powerful on the final freestyle leg.

Sascha was philosophical after the race saying, "I'm disappointed but I did a PB on the biggest stage of my career and I can't ask for more than that."

"Thank you to everyone who has supported me to achieve a dream of racing in London and thanks for all the kind messages."

Sascha will now turn his attention to tomorrow's 50M S6 Freestyle and then Friday's 50M S6 Butterfly. New story1st September 2012

Sascha Misses out on Medal in 100M S7 Breaststroke

Sascha narrowly missed out on a medal in today's 100M S7 Breaststroke as he came home in fourth after a World Record swim by the Australian Blake Cochrane.

Sascha, who was defending his crown for the third time, qualified in fourth place in the morning's heats so always knew it would be tough and it proved to be so as his rivals started stronger.

Cochrane in particular had blasted away and was on World Record pace after one length with Sascha turning in sixth place.

Although Sascha fought back on the second length, he couldn't quite get back in contention to snatch a medal finishing in fourth as Cochrane set a new World Record.

Sascha said after the race, "I gave 100% tonight but it just wasn't meant to be. "

Sascha will now turn his attention to the 200M Individual Medley on Monday 3rd September where his chances of medalling and hopefully retaining his crown in this event are higher.New story30th August 2012

Nyree Kindred Wins Fabulous Silver Medal on Day 1

Sascha's wife Nyree Kindred took to the pool on the first day of competition at the Paralympic Games today and came away with the 10th Paralympic swimming medal of her career.

Having won her heat in a Paralympic Record time, one could have been forgiven that the final might have been a forgone conclusion but it was anything but.

Nyree's main rival Lu Dong blasted away from the blocks building up a huge lead over the first length and although Nyree managed a spirited fight-back on the second length, she was unable to claw back Lu Dong who finished in a new World Record time.

Nyree finished in a new personal best time of 1:26.23, again breaking her Paralympic Record. But with Lu Dong finishing in 1:24.71, the old World Record time was obliterated.

Nyree though wasn't disappointed saying "I'm extremely happy."

"I've got a personal best and a silver medal, so I can't ask for much more than that."

Nyree's brother Craig Lewis said, "to have been here to see Nryee win a Silver is amazing and we are all so immensly proud."

Nyree will now focus on supporting husband Sascha Kindred as he begins the defence of his two titles on Saturday.New story29th August 2012

Paralympics Swimming Schedule for #teamkindred

Here is a reminder of Sascha and Nyree's swimming schedule over the next twelve days...

Thursday 30th August

Nyree Kindred - 100M S6 Backstroke

Saturday 1st September:

Sascha Kindred - 100M S7 Breaststroke

Monday 3rd September:

Sascha Kindred - 200M SM6 Individual Medley

Tuesday 4th September:

Sascha Kindred - 50M S6 Freestyle

Friday 7th September:

Sascha Kindred - 50M S6 ButterflyNew story28th August 2012

The Paralympic Superfan

Just over two weeks ago, athletes from all over the world descended on London for the 30th Olympiad to compete at the highest level with the aim of achieving sporting immortality.

What we saw left us dazzled as athletes ran faster, jumped higher, rowed stronger and fought for longer then ever before.  And what’s more, they were more often than not British.

As a result, we were all fortunate enough to be able to see British athletes achieve a level of success never seen before in this country, which will undoubtedly stay in our memories for our lifetimes. 

We saw athletes call up extra reserves of strength, skill and stamina to produce amazing feats of sporting ability that left us astounded.  Yet there was one ingredient that played an extraordinary part that not even the athletes were prepared for and that ingredient was the general public, all of whom wanted so much for its athletes to succeed.

We heard story after story about how the public made the difference for our athletes with decibel levels within our stadiums reaching extraordinary levels as tidal waves of noise lifted British athletes from obscurity to the medal table, from bronze to silver and from silver to gold.

Yet did we really expect anything less?  We know if there’s one thing we can be sure of, it’s that the general public of Britain will come together at times like these to be part of something and triumph against the odds, willing the country on to succeed, laughing, hugging, crying and most of all cheering and cheering and cheering.

When it all ended, we undoubtedly asked ourselves “would it ever be this good again?” 

Now with only a few weeks having passed since the biggest sporting show on earth ended, we are just a day away from the start of the second biggest sporting show on earth and finding out the answer to this question.

For those of you that have experienced the Paralympic Games before, you will know what is just around the corner.  For those of you that haven’t, you are about to embark on a journey that will surprise, delight and inspire you for weeks, months and hopefully years to come.

For in the 12 days ahead, some of the greatest athletes from around the world will again do battle in ways that most of us will not have witnessed before.  And during this time, they will achieve things that we can only dream of as they conquer their fears and realise their dreams.

I know this as my brother Sascha was told from a young age that he would never walk.  Yet look what he’s achieved now.  I also know that there are many others like him with amazing stories that are about to achieve great things.  And I also know that like the Olympics before, our Paralympics athletes aren’t the only ones that make these Games special.

What makes these Games even more special is the extraordinary type of sporting fan that goes to support the Paralympic athletes at these Games. For these fans are Superfans.

They are ones that understand that to reach the top no matter who you are or what sport you compete in, you will need the same ingredients to get there.  And they will know that like the Olympics before, the Paralympics will need fans there to make the difference. 

If you’re a Superfan or an aspiring Superfan, whether watching from your TV set at home or going to the Games, shout and holler until you have no voice left, clap your hands until they are sore, cheer for the athletes no matter where they are from, stay until the final race has been one and bare your emotions for all to see.

Join us, for those that will inspire you, will be inspired by you.

The Superfans are coming…

New story24th August 2012

In The News...The Independent

Sascha Kindred in high spirits for pursuit of swimming glory at his sixth Paralympics.

As a five-time Paralympian, Sascha Kindred has witnessed first hand how the event's profile has soared over recent editions, but for the 34-year-old the rewards are still solely to be found in the pool.

Read more here.

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The Paralympic Teacher

Sascha and other disabled pupils came to Kaskenmoor Secondary School in Oldham with such a positive "I can do" attitude and showed all the pupils what coud be done with hard work and determination.

Sascha's positive attitude was infectious and he was great to have in the Wimbledon house, one of four houses that would compete at various sports throughout the year. His contribution was immense and he helped us to become overall house champions one year.

I particularly remember him being absolutely chuffed when I picked him for the 4x 50 metres sprint relay team at the sports day and how he was so intense at the relay practice to make sure that he got the baton change right. Of course he got it right on the day and Wimbledon won the race. I also remember his picture being in several editions of "Hollinwood Matters" as his sporting exploits were reported.

I have always watched out for his performances since and I am forever telling people about him and to watch out for him in the Paralympics.

I feel so privileged at having the opportunity to work with Sascha and other pupils with a disability and hope that others will have the same life changing experience watching the Paralympics Games.

Good luck Sascha!

Duncan Philip-Prince, Legendary Secondary School PE Teacher

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21st August 2012

The Paralympic Virgins

Hannah and I have known Sascha for several years now but up until now we have never had the opportunity to go and watch him compete.

We can think of no better time than at our home Paralympics and to say we feel excited is an understatement!

There has been such a buzz across the United Kingdom in the lead up to The Games and as the Olympics began we have all found ourselves enthralled.

Our athletes on the London stage are opening the door on all manner of sporting events and are building a sense community and pride throughout the UK.

The success of the London 2012 Olympics is undeniable and further to the achievements our Paralympic athletes had in Beijing in 2008 a level of hope, expectation and pride for Paralympic Team GB has been born. None more so, for us, than Sascha.

As one of the most successful swimmers in Team GB we know he’ll be looking to add to his 3 medals in the 2008 Games.

When we sit at home on our sofas watching athletes competing there’s usually a feeling of delight in sharing in their success; however there can also be an element of envy at their time in the lime light but how little we know of the efforts they’ve put in to get them to that point.

Having met Sascha we've had an insight into the sacrifices he’s made to ensure he continues to compete at the highest level and his dedication, grit determination and drive that has enabled him to achieve the successes he has afforded himself and the UK. On top of this, he is a genuinely decent guy!

Hannah and I are thoroughly looking forward to attending the impressive Aquatic Centre for the London 2012 Paralympic games, and having the opportunity to see someone we know swim makes the occasion even more special.

Sascha: We feel honoured and proud to know you and we wish you all the very best for your London 2012.

Hannah & CharlieNew story

19th August 2012

The Paralympic Fan

"Do you fancy coming to Athens to support Sascha? It'll be a great experience."

Those were the words spoken to me by Timo (Sascha's brother) back in 2004.

Why not I thought. It's a once in a lifetime experience to support a friend in the Paralympics.

Now fast forward eight years and I'm about to experience my third once in a lifetime experience after also travelling to Beijing four years ago.

Five of us travelled to Athens and I had no idea what to expect, but what I experienced blew my mind.

The noise in the aquatic centre was amazing and we did our bit to add to that, cheering on Sascha, his wife Nyree and the whole GB team.

What really impressed me though was the attitude of the supporters as it wasn't just about cheering for your own country. For example, if there wasn't a GB swimmer in the race you spoke to the Spanish people behind you and supported their son or the Israeli girl who only has her parents for support or you jumped on the bandwagon of an entire Lithuanian village that had come to support a friend!

The whole Athens experience was mind blowing. Seeing friends win multiple gold medals was inspirational but there was much more than that. The effort and enthusiasm of all the competitors, some striving for medals and world records and some just happy to be part of the Paralympic movement and just hoping to swim a PB. The friendliness of the Greek people and  games makers were also fantastic.

My favourite memory of all in Athens though was Sascha's mum Beatrice who couldn't believe that we had travelled out to support Sascha and my final words to her were.......see you in Beijing!

We had four years to plan for Beijing and we were going no matter what, so I and Timo started saving bit by bit to make sure this 'once in a life time experience' happened.

We decided to go for the whole of the Paralympics from Opening Ceremony to Closing Ceremony to try and take in as many sports as possible and not just the swimming. This time four of us made the trip and after watching the Beijing Olympics on TV and seeing amazing arenas like the Birds Nest (athletics) and The Cube (aquatic centre), I couldn't wait to go and experience it for myself.

In Beijing the Chinese people were brilliant, although I think they were a bit confused about the mad British people draped in flags and t-shirts chanting, cheering and supporting everyone in sight.

Beijing again was spectacular. Again I saw friends winning bronze, silvers and golds and I remember Sascha's mum saying "I can't believe you're here, you said you'd be here but I didn't believe you". Everything was special from watching wheelchair basketball and seeing athletics inside the Birds Nest to randomly bumping into the GB Boccia team.

I can also remember a couple from Canada who spoke to us and asked "you guys were in Athens weren't you?" to which we of course repiled yes. "Yeah we remember you guys making loads of noise and cheering for everyone" they said.

I also bumped into an athlete from Israel and recognised her as the girl we supported in Athens and she told me how her parents had informed her of these British people who cheered her on. 

On a personal note too, I got to celebrate my 30th birthday on the Great Wall of China which was just a little bit special!

The closing ceremony was amazing and we had such an immense feeling of pride that in four years time the world would be watching London 2012.

So London 2012... I can't wait. This will be extra special as there will be many more friends, family and supporters there, and I know that the British fans will do our country proud and do exactly as we've done in previous games and support all the athletes regardless of nationality.

It will also extra special for me as I will be bringing my 16 month old son to support GB, although I have a feeling this may not be his only Paralympic experience..........

Simon Harrison, Paralympic Supporter, UK

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14th August 2012

Stories and Messages Wanted!

Have you been inspired by Sascha's achievements/story?

Do you have a good luck message for Sascha?

Do you have a story that will inspire Sascha to Gold?

Please send your stories / messages in to the website at info@saschakindred.co.uk and we will look to post a number on line over the coming three weeks.New story

8th August 2012

Join Sascha's Fanclub.

If you're a keen supporter of Sascha Kindred, aside from following him via the website, Sascha also has a fan club page on Facebook.

Why not join the club and show your support and share thoughts with fellow fans.

The fanclub name is simply 'The Sascha Kindred Fanclub', so search for that on Facebook and then ask to join.

With only three weeks to go until the Paralympic Games, Sascha would love your support so come and join today.

Click here to get to the Fanclub page.New story

15th July 2012

In the News - Sascha and Family in Mail on Sunday.

Sascha, wife Nyree and baby daughter Ella appear in the Health section of the Mail on Sunday today talking about life with their disability.

For the full article click here.

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8th July 2012

In the News - Swimming for Gold.

The Financial Times talks to GB Swimmers at a training camp in Majorca just months before the bigggest competition of their lives.

Read more here.

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21st May 2012

In the News - Britain's Aqua Elite Star in Superhero Shoot.

Sascha is to appear in a British Gas video depicting several British athletes from aquatic disciplines as superheroes.

Read more here.

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17th May 2012

Sascha Chosen to Sail on the Queen's Rowbarge Gloriana.

Sascha will be one of many British heroes to sail on the Queen's rowbarge Gloriana during the Diamond Jubilee Pageant in London on 3rd June.

The crew of Gloriana, the £1 million wooden barge that will lead the 1,000-boat pageant on Sunday June 3, also includes ex-servicemen who suffered life-changing injuries in Iraq and Afghanistan who were part of a six-man Row2Recovery team that rowed the Atlantic this year.

Lord Sterling, who commissioned the building of the barge, said the passengers had been chosen because they had shown great courage in battling against adversity.

Of the 12 disabled people who will be on board Gloriana, either as oarsmen or passengers, eight use a Motability vehicle — the charity co-founded 33 years ago by Lord Sterling. The Queen will travel on a separate vessel during the pageant but has been gifted Gloriana on behalf of the nation.

Sascha will also be joined by wife Nyree Kindred and Olympic Champions Steve Redgrave and Matthew Pinsent.

Read more here.

New story10th May 2012

Sascha In The News - Hucclecote school gets Olympian visit.

SIX-TIME Paralympic swimming champion Sascha Kindred OBE has inspired children at a school in Hucclecote.

Sascha will swim in his fifth Paralympic Games as the British Paralympic Association confirmed 16 British Swimmers on Team GB today.

Read more here.

New story10th April 2012

Sascha Confirmed on Team GB for London 2012 Paralympic Games.

Sascha will swim in his fifth Paralympic Games as the British Paralympic Association confirmed 16 British Swimmers on Team GB today.

The BPA confirmed the swimmers today and also nominated another 26 athletes following two sets of Paralympic Trials in Sheffield over the last month in which Sascha made the qualifying mark in the 100M S7 Breaststroke and 200M SM6 Individual Medley.

On the nomincation list was Sascha's wife Nyree Kindred who made the qualifying mark in the 100M S6 Backstroke meaning she should also have her place confirmed by the BPA once the allocation slots for the GB have been confirmed by the International Paralympic Committee.

Speaking today on his selection Sascha said "I'm very happy to be selected for my fifth Paralympic Games. Competing in the pool in March gave me a taste of how amazing the home crowd will be and I can't wait to see the seats full of people supporting the British team and cheering us on."

Well done Sascha and Nyree!!~

New story9th March 2012

Sascha Achieves 100M Breaststroke Qualificaiton Time for London 2012.

Sascha will defend the two titles he's won at the last three Paralympic Games after achieving the 100M SB7 Breaststroke time.

Swimming as the finest qualifier in the final, Sascha touched home in a time of 1:23.73.

"Three golds at this Championships - I can't ask for much more than that," Kindred said.

"I think that's 17 golds I've won at British national championships now so I'm doing alright for myself and it was another solid swim as well tonight.

"It was my second qualifying time as well so it's gone well tonight.
"Last time I won three golds here was 2008 and I went and had a brilliant Paralympics so hopefully if the omens are the same, I'll have a good year this year as well and will perform well in London."New story8th March 2012

Sascha Qualifies for Fifth Paralympics in a Row.

Sascha joined wife Nyree on the Team GB list for London 2012 after qualifying in the 200M SM6 Individual Medley event today.

Swimming in this mornings heats, Sascha finished first in the multi-disability race by coming closest to the World Record with a time of 2:44.51, comfortably inside the qualification time.

He swam in the finals later in the day finishing in a slower time but had already done enough to qualify.

The swim means Sascha will be going to his fifth Paralympic Games in a row having already competed in Atlanta (96), Sydney (00), Athens (04) and Beijing (08).

He also joins wife Nyree Kindred who qualified for the 100M S6 Backstroke on Sunday just gone.

Sascha will now turn his attention to his final event of the Championships the 100M S7 Breaststroke, which takes place tomorrow.New story

7th March 2012

Sascha Narrowly Misses 50M S6 Butterfly Qualification Time.

Sascha finished in first place in today's multi-disability 50M S6 Butterfly event but narrowly fails to qualify for London 2012.

In multi-disability events the result depends on how close each swimmer gets to the World Record in their classifcation for that event. As Sascha was closest to the World Record in the S6 category, he finished first ahead of room mate Matthew Walker.

However, he was outside the qualification time for the event by 0.69 seconds finishing in a time of 32.66 seconds.

The qualification time was always going to be tough as Sascha would have to swim a personal best, but he will get another two chances to qualify later in the year.

Sascha now turns his attention to the events in which he has had so much success in over the years, the 100M S7 Breaststroke and 200M SM6 Individual Medley. New story

6th March 2012

Sascha Aiming to Make it Five in a Row at Paralympic Trials.

Sascha lines up to swim his three main events over the next three days at the British Gas Swimming Championships.

He will be swimming in the 50M S6 Butterfly on Wednesday, the 200M SM6 Individual Medley on Thursday and the 100M SB7 Breaststroke on Friday looking to qualify for the London 2012 Paralympic Games later this year.

If he does qualify, it will be his fifth Paralympics Games in a row.

The qualifying marks in Sascha's events are as follows:

50M S6 Butterfly - 31.97 (PB is 32.09)

200M SM6 Individual Medley - 2:49.95 (PB is 2:42.18)

100M SB7 Breaststroke - 1:24.17 (PB is 1:22.18)

To watch the swimming at the London Aquatic Centre press the red button BBC1 from 9.30am in the morning and 6.30pm in the evening.

To see results click here.New story

4th March 2012

Nyree Kindred Achieves London 2012 Qualifying Time.

Sascha's wife Nyree Kindred put in a stella performance at the British Gas Swimming Championships today by swimming inside the 100m S6 Backstroke qualifying mark of 1:28.61.

Finishing in a time of 1:28.37, Nyree qualified well inside the time and swam the fastest she has swam since 2010 meaning she has an excellent chance of making the Paralympic squad later in the year.

Come back for more news about how Sascha does in his events.

To watch the championships live, press the red button on BBC1 in the mornings from 9am and in the evenings from 6.30pm.

To see results click here.New story

2nd March 2012

Exclusive Interview with Sascha Ahead of British Gas Swimming Championships.

I caught up with Sascha ahead of the trials and asked him a few questions about the trials and qualifying for the biggest sporting occasion in disability sport.

Where and when are the trials taking place?

The British Gas Olympic and Paralympic Swimming Trials take place from the 3rd-10th of March in the London Aquatic Centre. The trials are our first chance to qualify for the Paralympics Games with the second ones being held between 7th and 9th April at The British Disability International Open in Sheffield.

What are you looking forward to most?

It's great to be able to swim in amazing venues like the Aquatics Centre and with every swim session sold out with over 2,500 spectators attending, it should give us a great indication of what London 2012 will be like later in the year.

There will be Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls yes? How does that work as that's a lot of races?

Yes, both British Olympic and Paralympic qualifying events are taking place as well as being open to international Swimmers so there will be a lot of swimmers and a lot of organising. There are swimmers from the USA, China and all over Europe attending so it is going to be a busy week.

I am swimming four races so I amgoing to have a few long days, but I am looking forward to watching the likes of Paul Biedermann from Germany whose the world record holder in the 200m Free if I have some spare time.

Do you remember your first Paralympic Trials - where were they held?

Gosh, that's a long time ago. Now I do feel old! I don't rememmber them too well to be honest. I just remember that they took place in a 25m pool in Darlington and I made the squad in three races. The 50m and 100m Freestyle and 100m breaststroke.

Tell me about the change in the trials now, compared to the trials back when you first started. How is this different for you as an athlete? What improvements have you seen over the years?

The trials have certainly changed over the years. My first trials were not exactly trials as you could hit a qualifying time anywhere in a six month period as long as you swum at the nationals in Darlington. This has changed a lot as for the last two Paralympics Games you only have two chances to qualify. Once at the joint Olympic/Paralympic trials and once at the Disability National Championships. This system is better as you need to perform on the day which simulates an international race. You don't get six months to win a Paralympic Gold medal.

Do you consider this the most important trials ever or where would you rank it?

In a way yes as it's going to be the biggest Paralympics ever, but in another way qualifying for the other Paralympic Games were just as important.

How has your preparation being going?

Well, I've had a cough since christmas which hasn't helped but I have trained hard through it and have put in some heavy meterage in over the winter. I am now tapering which means doing less meters and more sprints so I am sharp when it comes to racing.

Have you decided yet what you want to focus on?

Yes, the 200m Individual Medley.

What's the selection process? When will you get confirmation if you are going to the Games?

After we complete at the second trials (7-9 april) anyone who is in the top two in Britain and has hit a qualifying standard will be nominated to ParalympicsGB by British Swimming. I should then hear by mid-end April if i am on the team.

Who do you hope will do really well at the trials?

My wife Nyree. Coming back after giving birth eight months ago is amazing. I really hope she hits her qualifying time as she deserves it for all the hard work she has put in over the last year.

Good luck to you both!

New story29th February 2012

Sascha, Nyree and Ella on Channel 4.

The Kindreds appear in the second 'Road to London 2012: Paralympics Extra' programme which you can watch on Channel 4 On Demand.

Click here to watch it. New story28th February 2012

Sascha in British Gas Swimming Champs Video.

Sascha appears in one of the teaser videos for the British Gas Swimming Championships.

Click here to watch it.New story

13th February 2012

Sascha in the News - Birthday Celebrations for Swimming Scheme.

Southern Water celebrates 20 years of it's 'Learn to Swim' Scheme.

CELEBRATION is in the air as Southern Water's Learn to Swim scheme reaches its 20th anniversary the same year as Britain hosts the Olympics.

Learn to Swim has taught from 1992 in more than 80 swimming pools and clubs in the region, including Horsham's Pavilions in the Park, and with 600,000 children.

Olympic gold medallist Duncan Goodhew and five-times Paralympic gold medallist Sascha Kindred are both ambassadors of the award winning programme.

Click here for the full story from the West Sussex County Times.New story

30th January 2012

An Update from Sascha.

With the Paralympic Trials just around the corner, Sascha talks training and sleeping in a tent.

"Well, we're already at the end of January with 2012 in full swing and I'm thinking where has all the time gone! But though I don't know the answer to that question, one thing I do know is that this is going to be one incredible year.

I am now in deep training preparing for the Paralympic Trials between the 3rd and 10th of March so there is very little time for anything else other than training.

And to make training even more challenging I have just received another bit of kit in the post to help me with my preparations and it's quite a big parcel.

The parcel is in fact an altitude tent, which will help me prepare for the trials in the first week of March in the London Aquatic Centre. No need to panic though, I won't be sleeping outside in this cold weather as the tent is one that I have to use over my bed (see picture).

Altitude

The tent is to simulate being at altitude as a pump that you plug in regulates the amount of oxygen you receive during sleep. This means that I will effectively be sleeping at 2500m (at altitude) and training at sea level. To put it in lamens terms, it means that my body gets used to coping with less oxygen, so when put in an environment with more oxygen, my body will be able to work harder.

I have been to Sierra Nevada in Spain a couple of times over the years and have found that altitude training has benefited me during my races, but now I can achieve an altitude camp at home so I can train as normal.

This training phase will help me to cope with less oxygen and in turn train better when I am out of breath. This is all to help me prepare for the trials.

With only a few weeks left I am still unsure of all the events I want to try and swim in but here is my predicted events in order of preference:

I am looking forward to the trials and the year ahead and will keep you all updated with what I am doing.

I everyone has a good year and enjoys the summer of sport ahead."

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20th January 2012

Website Updated Ahead of London 2012.

That's right folks, it's now officially Paralympic Year so it's been decided that Sascha's website should have a much-deserved revamp.

Sascha's website was originally launched ahead of the Beijing Paralympic Games in 2008 and hopefully those of you who have visited it have found it a useful source of information.

However as with most things, it's good to have a refresh now and again so not only has the site been updated with a more modern look, it will be easier to navigate and will have even more news.

As you may have noticed, the home page contains the most obvious feature with a new Twitter Widget so you'll be able to get more insight into the life of our Paralympic Champion.

In addition, over the coming half a year we'll be looking to keep you up-to-date on how Sascha is doing as he looks to qualify for his fifth Paralympic Games.

Speaking about the launch of his new website Sascha said, "We thought it was about time for an update and I'm really pleased with the outcome.

"I'll be looking to keep you updated on everything Paralympic related this year so keep visiting the site to keep up to date of how I'm doing," he added.New story

22nd December 2011

Sascha in the News - Hereford Sportspeople Helped by Halo Scheme.

TWENTY Herefordshire sportspeople from a wide range of different sports are benefiting in 2011-12 from the Halo Elite scheme...

Hereford Times - Herefordshire sportspeople helped by Halo Elite scheme

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29th November 2011

Sascha Back With a Bang at DSE Nationals.

The DSE National Short Course Swimming Championships took place this weekend in Sheffield with many of GB's top Paralympic athletes competing.

The Championships would see Sascha compete for the first time after suffering from a back injury earlier in the year that ruled him out of the European Championships in Berlin.

After a period of solid training in September and October, Sascha was aiming to test himself following his recovery from the back in jury and didn't disappoint.

On the first day of competition Sascha swam the 100M Freestyle in the morning and took the gold medal in a new British record time of 1.09.69, a fabulous start to the weekend.

Sascha then went on to swim his number one event the 200M SM6 Individual Medley and went even better by not only winning the gold medal time, but beating his own World Record by almost 2 seconds in a time of 2:39.59. Sascha was back with a bang!

Day two saw Sascha swim another two races and have another great races breaking the British Record in the 50M S6 Freestyle in a time of 32.06 seconds and also winning the 100M SB7 Breaststroke in a time of 1:22.18.

Sascha now looks forward to the last competition of the year in Swansea at the Welsh Winters at the end of December before the trials for the Paralympic Games in March at the London Aquatics Centre.

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26th November 2011

Sascha Featured on Channel 4 Paralympics Website.

Channel 4 have been busy creating a fantasticwebsite to help promote the Paralympics ahead of London 2012 next year.

Featuring on the website are a host of Paralympic stars including our very own Sascha Kindred. Below is a snippet from the website:

"Since winning his first gold in a junior competition back in 1992, human-come-torpedo Sascha Kindred has proved nigh-on invincible in the pool. As long as he gets there in time to race, that is…"

"Forget Posh and Becks, the golden couple of British swimming are champions Sascha Kindred OBE and Nyree Lewis MBE. Incredibly, the loved-up duo have won 20 Paralympic Games medals between them."

"I went to the toilet, and when I came out, the race was going on, and I was standing at the side of the pool."

Read more here: Paralympics on Channel 4

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Sascha Speaks at Event Marking Production of Three Millionth Motability Car

Sascha was one of several Paralympians attending an event hosted by charity Motability yesterday to mark the production of the three millionth Motability car.

Attending with his wife Nyree and baby Ella, Sascha was introduced to The Queen and Prince Philip in Westminster Hall and spoke briefly with them before addressing attendees about the benefits of having a Motability car and what a difference it makes to his life.

The Queen presented the keys to the three millionth Motability car to David Smith, one of the world's leading boccia players.

The monarch is chief patron of Motability, which runs a scheme that allows disabled people to lease a car, powered wheelchair or scooter simply by using their Government-funded mobility allowances.

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21st September 2011

BMW Dealer Cotswold Hereford Gets Behind Sascha Kindred OBE for London 2012

Sasha at BMW dealer Cotswold Hereford

BMW dealer Cotswold Hereford is supporting Paralympic swimmer Sascha Kindred OBE as he attempts to qualify for the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

The announcement follows the appointment in 2009 of BMW Group as the Official Automotive Partner of the 2012 Games. As well as supplying over 4,000 fuel-efficient vehicles to athletes and officials throughout the 2012 Games, BMW is also actively supporting British athletes, such as Ellie Simmonds and Louis Smith, via the BMW London 2012 Performance Team. Meanwhile, in line with the Performance Team initiative, BMW dealers such as Cotswold Hereford are working with local athletes, supporting their endeavours to qualify for Team GB or ParalympicsGB.

Sascha Kindred trains at the Leominster Leisure Centre. He has been swimming since the age of 11 and at just 13 won his first international competition.

Sascha has already achieved two gold medals for Great Britain in the last three Paralympic Games he competed in. He has received many accolades for his sporting achievements and was honoured with an OBE in the 2009 New Year's Honours List for his services to Disability Sport. In addition, Sascha has twice been named Senior Sportsman of the Year in Hereford and Worcester, has received an award for Outstanding Achievement by British Swimming, and has been appointed an ambassador for the region of Herefordshire, as well as the Youth Sports Trust.

Sascha commits time to a number of activities on top of his hectic training schedule, including after dinner speeches, media interviews and school talks, where he speaks about his own experiences as a professional athlete and educates others about disability sport, the Paralympic Games, and how to remain at the top.

‘We’re really grateful to Cotswold Hereford and the BMW Group for their support,” said Sascha “It’s tough trying to qualify for a Paralympic team place and it’s a big help knowing that they are behind us, helping to raise funds and awareness. It’s also fantastic having a brand new BMW from now until the end of the Games. There’s a lot of travelling to heats, competitions and promotional events so it’s great being able to arrive there in style – and in a car that’s helping London 2012 reach its CO2 emissions target.”

Andrew Hulcoop, Cotswold Group Managing Director, said: "This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to get really involved in the Games. We’re really happy to be backing Sascha, he is a local athlete that has achieved so very much. He is an inspiration to all that meet him and is working extremely hard to represent his country at London 2012."

Anyone interested in following Sascha Kindred OBE and the BMW London 2012 Performance Team, should visit www.cotswoldherefordbmw.co.uk and www.bmw.co.uk/london2012.

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10th September 2011

Sascha Listed in The Guardian's Top 50 Medal Hopes for London 2012

Sascha has been named as one of Britain's Top 50 Gold Medal hopes in the Guardian online this week.

Sascha appears alongside fellow swimmers Ellie Simmonds, Matt Walker, David Roberts, Jonathan Fox and more.

Sascha is listed at number 38. See more at The Guardian.

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9th September 2011

Tickets for the Paralympic Games 2012 go on sale TODAY!

As many of you will already know by now, tickets go on sale for one of sports greatest spectacles on earth today, the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

If you aren’t already aware, where have you been? Well, don’t worry. It’s not to late to get involved.

Tickets are available on the London 2012 website and there is plenty of useful information on the site to help you on your way.

If you’re keen to go to the Paralympic Games to watch me try and defend my Paralympic titles, then here are the events that you need to be looking out for:

200M SM6 Individual Medley (reigning champion)
100M SB7 Breaststroke (reigning champion)
50M S6 Butterfly (bronze medalist in Beijing)
If you’d like to see my partner Nyree Kindred race as well, she should be swimming in the following event:

100M S6 Backstroke (silver medalist in Bejing)
Of course, there are plenty of other athletes and events to go and see too. So if you are keen on a bit of a crash course in Paralympic Sport, then a general admission pass for the day would be perfect and get you around multiple sports and multiple venues.

I truly hope you can all come and experience the wonder of the Paralympic Games next year and looking forward to seeing you there.

See more at the website of London 2012.

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8th September 2011

Sascha in London to Promote International Paralympic Day Ahead London 2012

Sascha is one of many international athletes attending the International Paralympic Day 2011 today ahead of London 2012 next year.

Sascha is attending with wife and fellow athlete Nyree Lewis who along with other International athletes Paralympic will help to showcase the Paralympic sports at London 2012, enabling the public to find out more about next year's Games.

Hosted by the London 2012 Organising Committee, the day will feature demonstrations in sports including Wheelchair Basketball, Powerlifting and Wheelchair Rugby.

A variety of ParalympicsGB stars including Oscar Pistorious, will be on hand to join in the celebrations, and there will also be information about buying Paralympic Games tickets, which go on sale from 9 September 2011.

The day will also see the International Paralympic Committee extend an invitation to athletes and National Paralympic Committees around the world to participate in the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

A number of the sessions will be made accessible by British Sign Language (BSL), Speech to Text Reporter (STTR) and Audio Description. Please see the programme below.

Speaking at the event Sascha said, 'It's great to be part of a huge event like this with a year to go which will hopefully help encourage everyone to buy tickets tomorrow.'

'I hope that many of you will be able to come down to see what the Paralympics is all about, ask questions and maybe even try out a few Paralympic sports,' he added.

The International Paralympic Day will be held at Trafalgar Square in London starting and 7.30am and go on until 8.00pm.

See more at the website of London 2012.

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7th September 2011

Sascha and Nyree say home crowd is a huge advantage

Sascha and wife Nyree were invited to speak to staff at the Lloyds TSB offices in Bristol today to help inspire staff about the Olympic and Paralympic Games in London 2012.

Sasha at BMW dealer Cotswold Hereford

Sascha talking to Lloyds TSB staff.

Sascha talked to staff about his experiences as an athlete from the age of eleven right up to the present day and his most recent Paralympic success in Beijing 2008.

Sascha and Nyree then both answered questions posed by Lloyds TSB employees about what keeps them motivated as well as how much difference the home crowd at a Paralympic Games can make to an athletes performance.

Sascha said, 'To have 75% of the crowd routing for you gives you a massive boost and can make a huge difference. Even an improvement of 0.1 seconds could mean the difference between winning or losing.'

Nyree then said, 'If you look at China, the support they had made a huge difference with many unheard athletes doing well.

We hope you can all come along and would encourage you to get tickets as it will really make the difference to us,' she added.

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5th September 2011

Sascha to attend International Paralympic Day in London this Thursday

Sascha will be one of many athletes attending the International Paralympic Day 2011 in London this coming Thursday.

Sascha will attend with his wife and fellow athlete Nyree Lewis who along with other International athletes will help to showcase the Paralympic sports at London 2012, enabling the public to find out more about next year's Games.

Hosted by the London 2012 Organising Committee, the day will feature demonstrations in sports including Wheelchair Basketball, Powerlifting and Wheelchair Rugby.

Top international Paralympic athletes including gold medallist Oscar Pistorius will be in action, while spectators can also witness a Guinness World Record moment for Sitting Volleyball.

Speaking ahead of the event Sascha said, 'I'm really looking forward to being part of the day and helping to promote what is going to be an amazing spectacle of sporting achievements in London 2012.

'I hope that many of you will be able to come down to see what the Paralympics is all about, ask questions and maybe even try out a few Paralympic sports,' he added.

The International Paralympic Day will be held at Trafalgar Square in London starting and 7.30am and go on until 8.00pm.

See more at the website of London 2012.

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1st September 2011

British Swimmers pick favourite Paralympians of all time

With one year to go to the start of the Paralympics in 2012, some of Britain's top swimmers were asked who their favourite Paralympian of all time is.

Find out who they chose here.

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1st August 2011

Sascha and wife Nyree introduce Ella Rhiannon Kindred

As many of you now know, Sascha and wife Nyree gave birth to a beautiful baby girl recently and named her Ella Rhiannon Kindred.

Born at 17.31 on Saturday 18th June 2011, Ella weighed in at a healthy 7.6lbs and stretched to 51.5cm long.

Sasha at BMW dealer Cotswold Hereford

Ella Rhiannon Kindred - 18/05/11, 5.31pm, 7.6lb, 51.5cm, (right) Ella enjoying her first swimming session. For more pictures, visit the gallery.

Ella is Sascha and Nyree's first child and comes after 15 years together and their marriage last year.

Speaking about the birth of Ella for the first time Sascha said, 'to become a father for the first time is an absolutely amazing experience.

'I'm so proud of Nyree and I'm delighted to have had a fabulous little baby girl, I honestly couldn't have imagined it to be any better,' he added.

Sascha's wife Nyree said after the birth, 'That was one of the hardest things I've ever had to do but it was totally worth it. Ella is perfect and I'm so happy to be starting a family with Sascha.'

Sascha and Nyree have been extremely busy since the birth of Ella who is now just over a month and half old and growing fast. In between the constant changing of nappies and feeding, they've even managed to bring Ella for her first swimming session and she took to it like a duck to water.

A few more questions for the happy couple:

What was the first moment like when you saw her?

It was amazing when we first saw her. We were so happy and proud to be a mummy and daddy. She was perfect.

What's the best thing you've experienced with her so far?

Seeing her first smile when she was 4 and a half weeks old. Also bathing her as she loves being in the water and is so content lying there while you wash her.

What are you looking forward to the most?

When she focuses on our faces more and reaches for us to pick her up.

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1st May 2011

German Open Round-up

Having already broken a World Record at this weeks German Open, Sascha continued to impress with good times in the rest of his events.

Every event Sascha swam in was a multi-disability event which meant the winner was the swimmer who was closest to the World Record in their own classification.

In the 200M Individual medley, Sascha finished 1st in his classification and 2nd overall in a time of 1:43.70. (He finished 2nd overall as there was one swimmer closer to the World Record in their own classification).

In the 100M Breaststroke, Sascha finished 1st in his classification and 2nd overall in a time of 1:22.52.

In the 50M Butterfly, Sascha finished 1st in his classificaiton and 5th overall in a time of 32.09 seconds. The time was a new European Record for Sascha.

Speaking after the event Sascha said, 'I'm really pleased with the way I swam, especially in the 100M Breaststroke and 50M Butterfly. To go one minute twenty two in the 100M Breaststroke was really encouraging as I've not concentrated on that for the last year.'

'It was also great to see teams from around the world at the event including Brazil and Australia. Countries are gearing up for London 2012 next year so events like this are a good opportunity for swimmers ahead of the games.'

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28th April 2011

Sascha Breaks 100m Butterfly World Record at German Open

Sascha has continued to impress this year as he broke another World Record, this time in the 100M S6 Butterfly.

Sascha won in a new World Record time of 1:10.76 at the German Open in Berlin, an event he has regularly attended, and sets the record ahead of the European Championships, also in Berlin, in July this year.

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11th April 2011

Sascha Selected on Strong British team for IPC Europeans in Berlin

British Swimming today announced a 43-strong squad for the IPC European Championships in Berlin in July which included Sascha Kindred.

The squad includes names old and new including the likes of Eleanor Simmonds, Sam Hynd, Matthew Walker and Liz Johnson, all gold medalists from Beijing 2008.

Sascha will be aiming to defend the three titles he won in Reykjavik in 2009 and in doing so would add to the eleven medals already won at European Championships since France over 15 years ago in 1995.

If Sascha picks up one medal from the Championships he would also reach an incredible milestone of fifty major international championship medals, a truly outstanding feat which many athletes would be proud of.

Speaking about his selection Sascha said, 'I can't believe it has been sixteen years since my first European Championships.

'To be swimming for this long and having the privilege of defending the same 100M Breaststroke title since I first won it in 1995 is an honour and I hope I can defend it again.'

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9th April 2011

Sascha Picks up Gold Number 2 in Sheffield.

Sascha picked up a second gold medal at the British International Disability Swimming Championships today winning the 100M SB6 Breasstroke.

Sascha hadn't swum teh 100M Breaststroke evet throughout 2010 but looked dominant throughout the final to touch home in a time of 1:23.68.

'I'm happy with that' Sascha said. 'It was as trong swim again and similar to yesterday now I'm looking forward to Berlin.'

'I wanted to focus on the Medley and the Fly at last year's worlds. The breaststroke event has moved on and the bar has been raised so it is going to be a tough one to defend in London.' he added.

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8th April 2011

Sascha Wins 200M Individual Medley Gold in New World Record Time

Sascha travelled to Sheffield today to compete in the first of four events at the British International Disability Swimming Championships.

With the aim of cementing his place for the European Championships in Berlin in July, Sascha was looking to post some good times in his favourite events including the 200M SM6 Individual Medley and the 100M SB6 Breaststroke.

First up, was Sascha's main event the 200M Individual Medley, an event in which he has shown now signs of slowing down in with age and he was not to dissappoint yet again.

Sascha continued his impressive build-up for the European Championships by breaking his own 200M Individual Medley World Record in a new time of two minutes 41.99 seconds beating his previous record by two tenths of a second.

Sascha was impressive throughout swimming solid legs in all four strokes and turning quickly to ensure victory as well as the World Record.

Speaking after the race Sascha said, 'The last four weeks training has been difficult because I've had an infection, so I wasn't that confident coming into the meet. But I am really chuffed with my form on the night and that I just managed to dip under 2:42.'

Sascha now looks forward to the 100M SB6 Breaststroke on Saturday 9th.

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10th March 2011

Sascha Wins Second Gold at British Championships.

Swimming in his second race of the Brittish Gas Swimming Championships, Sascha won his second gold in the 200m Individual Medley Multi-Disability race.

Touching home in a time of 2.45.94, Sascha (SM6) picked up an impressive 934 points ahead of Sam Hynd (SM8) who took silver and Tom Young (SM8) who took bronze.

'I felt really strong out there and got a strong time so things are looking good for Berlin later in the year,' he said.

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9th March 2011

Sascha Breaks European 50m Butterfly Record at British Championships.

Sascha sent a statement to the rest of the World after setting a new European record in the 50m Butterfly at the British Gas Swimming Championships in Manchester.

Competing in the first of his main events, Sascha was confident from the outset swimming well to take victory in the Multi Disability points event with a score of 872 after touching home in 32.23.

'That was my first swim of the week so that was a good start,' he said.

'I've had a good taper so I really wanted to try and qualify. I've beaten the record so I can't do more than that.'

Sascha now moves onto his favourite event of 200M (SM6) Individual Medley on Thursday 10th March.

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1st January 2011

Read Sascha's first Blog on Learn to Swim Scheme Website

Sascha wrote his first blog for the Learn to Swim Scheme Website today, run by Sascha's sponsors Southern Water.

The blog will give an insight into Sascha's life whether it be training, dieting, competitions, events general news or anything else that may be of interest.

The blog will be updated regularly by Sascha up to and beyond London 2012.

To keep up to date, visit Sascha's Blog on the Southern Water website.


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