Disabled swimmer Du Toit given honorary MBE
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Disabled South African swimmer Natalie du Toit has been awarded an honorary MBE by Britain for services to Paralympic sport.
The British High Commission in South Africa says on Friday the award was announced by Queen Elizabeth II. Du Toit will receive her award from Prince Edward, the Queen’s son, next month.
Du Toit had the lower part of her left leg amputated as a teenager after a road accident. She still competed at the Commonwealth Games the year after, won multiple titles at the Paralympics and qualified for the 10-kilometer swim at the 2008 Olympics, where she finished 16th against able-bodied athletes. She retired after last year’s Paralympics in London.
The 29-year-old Du Toit said “to those that have made it possible, I thank you for believing in me.”