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SA’s queen of swimming gets an MBE

South African swimmer Natalie Du Toit smiles with her gold medal over 50m Freestyle at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, China, 14 September 2008. Du Toit has conquered five gold medals overall. Photo: ROLF VENNENBERND

South African swimmer Natalie Du Toit smiles with her gold medal over 50m Freestyle at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, China, 14 September 2008. Du Toit has conquered five gold medals overall. Photo: ROLF VENNENBERND

Even Queen Elizabeth II is a Natalie du Toit supporter.

The iconic South African swimmer has been awarded an honorary MBE by the British monarch for her services to Paralympic sport.

The queen’s youngest son, Prince Edward, will present the award to Du Toit in Pretoria early next month.

“Natalie has achieved great success in her sport, demonstra-ting an ability to compete with the best in both Olympic and Paralympic disciplines at numerous international sporting events,” said British charge d’affaires in South Africa, Martin Reynolds.

“She has been an inspiration for a generation of Paralympians and we are delighted that her contribution has been recognised.”

Du Toit became the first amputee ever to qualify for the Olympics, where she was placed 16th in the 10km open water swim in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and has won 13 gold and two silver Paralympic medals.

“I find myself extremely humbled and honoured to be receiving this auspicious award,” said Du Toit in reaction to the announcement.

“To those that have made it possible, I thank you for believing in me and having stayed by my side.”

 

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