NATALIE DU TOIT
Natalie du Toit needs little introduction. The number of accolades she has accumulated continues to mount and yet she is still tirelessly in pursuit of the one that has thus far eluded her: representing South Africa against able-bodied swimmers at the Olympic Games. After representing the country at the Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur at the age of 14, Du Toit lost her leg after a motorbike accident on her way back from training in 2001. Determined not to let anything get in her way, the Capetonian was back in the water competing just 124 days later. The following year, she was back in South African colours, winning two golds in disabled events and reaching the able-bodied final of the 800m freestyle at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester. Since then she has collected five Paralympic golds and a silver medal and has racked up so many world records she must have lost count by now. Du Toit spends her spare time travelling the country as a motivational speaker and recently published her autobiography, Tumble Turn. She received the first-ever David Dixon Award in 2002 � presented to the most outstanding athlete at the Commonwealth Games � and has been nominated for the Laureas World Sportsperson of the Year award for athletes with a disability.
LUNCH SPOT: Primi Piatti, Constantia Village