South African swimmer, Natalie Du Toit stole South Africans’ hearts after she was involved in a scooter accident at 17.
Du Toit's left leg was amputated at the knee, three months after this life-changing surgery Du Toit started swimming again.
She went on to qualify for the finals in the 800m freestyle at the 2002 Commonwealth Games.
Photo: Paralympic Gold Medal Swimmer, Natalie Du Toit.
At the end of the Games, Natalie was presented with the a David Dixon Award for Outstanding Athlete of the Games.
Du Toit has since competed and won gold medals in the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Paralympic Games, as well as the Commonwealth Games in 2006 and again in 2010.
South Africa has honoured the athlete with the Order of Ikhamanga in Gold, for her exceptional athletic achievements.
Natalie earned three gold medals, and a silver, at the 2012 London Paralympic Games. This increased the number of gold medals she has received across three Paralympic Games to 13!
The 2012 London Paralympic Games were the last of her career, ending off her career with one last gold medal.
Photo: Paralympic Gold Medalist, Natalie Du Toit with the last gold medal in her career at the London Paralympic Games in 2012.
These days Du Toit has traded her swim suit for a business suit as a Management Consultant for Vuma Reputation Management in Johannesburg.
Xolani caught up with Du Toit on her 31st birthday!