Natalie du Toit

Natalie Du Toit

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Natalie du Toit (;Interview with Natalie du Toit, "African Voices", aired 14 May 2011 on CNN International. Her name is said several times by an announcer (but not by du Toit herself). born January 29, 1984) is a South African swimmer. She is best known for the gold medals she won at the 2004 Paralympic Games as well as the Commonwealth Games. She was one of two Paralympians to compete at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing; the other being table tennis player Natalia Partyka. Du Toit became the first amputee ever to qualify for the Olympics, where she placed 16th in the 10K, "Marathon", swim.George Eyser, who had a wooden leg, competed at the 1904 Summer Olympics; the circumstances of Eyser's participation in the Games are unknown. Poland's Natalia Partyka also competed at both the Olympics and the Paralympics in Beijing, in table tennis.

Early life

Natalie was born in Cape Town, South Africa and attended Wynberg Girls' High School. She began competing internationally in swimming at the age of 14. In February 2001 her left leg was amputated at the knee after she was hit by a car while riding her scooter back to school after swimming practice. Three months later, before she had started walking again, she was back in the pool with the intention of competing in the 2002 Commonwealth Games. Du...
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