Natalie du Toit
My message is not just to disabled people, but to everyone: You have to work hard.
I’ve been lucky enough to travel the world and win awards and medals, but it was time to stop.
My parents gave me a boxer puppy as a present. I have wanted a dog for years and must first give her attention in the morning.
I’m probably the most negative person around.
I think I’ve achieved everything I wanted to.
I never thought of being disadvantaged.
I just missed out on qualifying for the Sydney Olympics in 2000.
By 9:30 at night, I go to bed.
Back in my mind, I never, ever wanted to give up swimming; it was something that I would carry on with.
I have a strong upper body; I’m an arms swimmer, and I always have been.
When you are racing in an able-bodied competition, you’re all equal and you go out there and try your best, and that’s what counts.
Swimming is my passion and something that I love.
Qualifying for the Olympic Games was one of those moments where you just cry because it was like you’ve climbed Mount Everest.
It is wonderful to say that your days behind a school desk are over. It’s just another phase in your life.
I hate seaweed.