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Last Updated: Tuesday, 5 October, 2004, 16:45 GMT 17:45 UK
Paralympic dream now a reality
By Nyree Lewis and Sascha Kindred
British Paralympic swimming gold medallists

Nyree Lewis:
Gold (S6 100m backstroke, women's 4x50m freestyle 20-point relay)
Silver (SB5 100m breaststroke, SM6 200m individual medley)
Bronze (S6 400m freestyle)
Sascha Kindred:
Gold (SM6 200m individual medley, SB7 100m breaststroke)
Bronze (men's 4x50m freestyle 20-point relay)

We are really pleased with our performances at the Athens Paralympics because we achieved what we set out to do.

We could have swum faster but we cannot complain, afterall, we came home with eight medals.

The medal that means the most to me (Nyree) is my 100m backstroke gold as it is my number one event.

In some of my events I would have liked to have done better but I think my shoulder injury played more of a role than I realised.

I definitely lost some endurance because I was out of training for a few weeks.

My performances (Sascha) were not helped by a cold I picked up at the holding camp in Cyprus.

And I think the pressure of being ranked number one in the world going into the Games definitely affected me.

The aim was to defend my 100m breaststroke and 200m individual medley titles and I managed to stay focused on achieving that goal.

The 4x50m 20-point relay bronze was the most satisfying though because before the race we honestly believed we had no chance of winning a medal.

The mood in the swimming squad after the Games was absolutely buzzing.

We will take plenty of time off before making a decision on our future
During the competition we all stayed in one big house but in separate apartments.

And on the final night in Athens we had a get-together in the Olympic village, the only thing was we had to hold it in the laundry.

We all sat on the washing-machines, played some music and had a few drinks.

Some of the American, Australian and German swimmers came over and joined in too so it was really good fun.

Now, we are feeling tired - nine days of competition is a long time.

But we are happy and that is overtaking the tiredness really.

Now, we are back at home in Manchester we plan to chill out and then go on a tour of the country to visit our family and friends.

We will take plenty of time off before making a decision on our future.

We are not thinking about retiring but we are not thinking about going to the Beijing Games yet either.


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