OLYMPIC governing body SASCOC on Thursday congratulated Natalie du Toit on winning Team South Africa’s first gold medal at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.
Swimming her final Paralympics, Du Toit won gold in the women’s 100-metre butterfly final (S9 class) on the first day of competition.
She clocked a winning time of 1min 09.30sec.
SASCOC CEO Mr Tubby Reddy paid tribute to Du Toit. “Natalie has shown us by her performances both in Athens and Beijing that she is a reliable source of excellence when it comes to swimming.
“Here’s hoping that she wins many more medals here and also helps inspire the rest of Team South Africa for the remainder of the Paralympic Games.”
At the last Paralympic Games in Beijing four years ago, Du Toit won five gold medals as South Africa ended sixth on the medals table with 30 medals (21 gold).
The Paralympics continue to 9 September.-www.sascoc.co.za