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Natalie du Toit
Natalie du Toit
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Category:
Speaker
Location:
Johannesburg South Africa
Preferred Language:
English
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Inspiration,motivation,Personal story,Professional Speaker,Sporting celebrity
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It’s important to swim your own race and not some-one else’s, and that is exactly what this remarkable South African swimmer has been doing. Having competed at the Kuala Lumpur Games in 1998 as an able bodied athlete at the age of 14, she lost her leg in a motorcycle accident in 2001. Despite this setback, she was determined to compete at the Manchester Games both as an able bodied and disabled competitor just to prove it could be done. She achieved her goal, swimming into a creditable eighth place in the able bodied 800m Freestyle, and winning gold in the 50 and 100m Elite Athletes with a Disability (EAD) events. Since then, Natalie has become one of the most successful disabled athletes of all times and an inspiration to many.
 
Natalie has one major dream at this stage; to be able to run.  Her dream to go to the Kruger National Park realised when she spend a wonderful weekend at the  Grand Kruger Lodge and her other dream was to qualify for the 2008 Olympic Games where she succeeded too.  Well done, Natalie!

Her Majesty The Queen has announced that South African Olympic and Paralympic medal winning swimmer Natalie du Toit has been awarded an honorary MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for her services to Paralympic sport.
 
On hearing the news, Natalie said:
“I find myself extremely humbled and honoured to be receiving this auspicious award. 
To those that have made it possible I thank you for believing in me and by having stayed by my side.
To 'my team' - we have faced several challenges together - each has strengthened us as a unit as well as myself as an individual. The inspiration each one of you have been to me; The values that each one of you carried out, never wavering; these have all culminated in having this specific honour being bestowed. 
To everyone who believed, a huge thank you!”
 
British Charge d’Affaires in South Africa Martin Reynolds said:
“Natalie has achieved great success in her sport, demonstrating an ability to compete with the best in both Olympic and Paralympic disciplines at numerous international sporting events. Natalie is an inspiration to up and coming athletes throughout the world and I am delighted she has been recognised for her achievements”
 
The UK is proud to have helped shaped Natalie’s career.  Her first competition was the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester.  She retired after the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games after winning 3 Gold and 1 Silver medals. She has been an inspiration for a generation of paralympians and we are delighted that her contribution has been recognised.”
 
The award was presented to Natalie at a ceremony by HRH The Earl of Wessex early in October in Pretoria. 
 
The British honours system is one of the oldest in the world. It has evolved over 650 years as the country has found alternative means of recognising merit, gallantry and service.
 
Major sporting achievements
 
50 m S9 freestyle swimming gold medal – Paralympics (2008)
400 m S9 freestyle swimming gold medal – Paralympics (2008)
200 m SM9 individual medley swimming gold medal – Paralympics (2008)
100 m S9 freestyle swimming gold medal – Paralympics (2008)
100 m S9 butterfly swimming gold medal – Paralympics (2008)
100 m freestyle swimming EAD (multi-disability) gold – Commonwealth Games (2006)
50 m freestyle swimming EAD (multi-disability) gold – Commonwealth Games (2006)
100 m S9 backstroke swimming silver medal – Paralympics (2004)
100 m S9 butterfly swimming gold medal – Paralympics (2004)
100 m S9 freestyle swimming gold medal – Paralympics (2004)
200 m SM9 individual medley swimming gold medal – Paralympics (2004)
400 m S9 freestyle swimming gold medal – Paralympics (2004)
50 m S9 freestyle swimming gold medal – Paralympics (2004)
800 m freestyle swimming gold medal – All-Africa Games (2003)
800 m freestyle swimming silver medal – Afro-Asian Games (2003)
400 m freestyle swimming bronze medal – Afro-Asian Games (2003)
100 m freestyle swimming EAD (multi-disability) gold – Commonwealth Games (2002)
50 m freestyle swimming EAD (multi-disability) gold – Commonwealth Games (2002)

Awards and Honours
Dixon Award for outstanding athlete – Commonwealth Games (2002)
In August 2002 she was awarded the Western Cape Golden Cross. During the award ceremony Western Cape Premier Marthinus van Schalkwyk said she had gone “beyond gold and swam her way into the hearts of not only South Africans but the whole world”.
Du Toit was voted 48th in the Top 100 Great South Africans in 2004 by the South African Broadcasting Corporation.
In December 2009 she received the Order of Ikhamanga in Gold “for her exceptional achievements in swimming.”
On 10 March, 2010, she was awarded the Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability for “breaking down the barriers between disabled and able-bodied sport”
It’s important to swim your own race and not some-one else’s, and that is exactly what this remarkable South African swimmer has been doing. Having competed at the Kuala Lumpur Games in 1998 as an able bodied athlete at the age of 14, she lost her leg in a motorcycle accident in 2001. Despite this setback, she was determined to compete at the Manchester Games both as an able bodied and disabled competitor just to prove it could be done. She achieved her goal, swimming into a
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PRESENTATIONS by Natalie du Toit

Natalie’s story has become an inspiration for many people in South Africa and all over the world. She shares her life’s journey with audiences in a candid, informal way that is both riveting and motivational. She is available to schools, companies and other groups who may benefit from her talks.
 
SUMMARY OF NATALIE’S SPEECH
Everyone goes through good and bad times in life. However, we always tend to focus on the good things and celebrate them; we ignore the bad things, which unfortunately often end up hindering us. My story is a personal journey of how I have learnt to face my good and bad situations and deal with it in a manner that I understand would be the best.
 
What I have done (and still busy doing) to overcome my adversity and the lessons I’ve learned along the way, I believe holds true regardless of your age, sex, race, religion, nationality or financial standing. It all comes from self-belief – an exceptionally powerful tool, if we could just learn how to use it correctly every day.
PRESENTATIONS by Natalie du Toit

Natalie’s story has become an inspiration for many people in South Africa and
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TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS

Natalie brings her own Apple Mac Laptop Computer and adaptor.

Natalie has an on screen presentation with music and therefore she needs the following:

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TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS

Natalie brings her own Apple Mac Laptop Computer and adaptor.

Natalie has an on screen presentation with music and therefor
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