Natalie du Toit honoured with MBE

2013-09-27 16:15

Johannesburg - Retired Paralympic swimmer Natalie du Toit has been awarded an honorary MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire), the British High Commission said on Friday.

"Her Majesty The Queen has announced that South African Olympic and Paralympic medal-winning swimmer Natalie du Toit has been awarded an honorary MBE for her services to Paralympic sport," the commission said in a statement.

Du Toit said upon hearing of the award: "I find myself extremely humbled and honoured to be receiving this auspicious award. To those that have made it possible I thank you for believing in me and by having stayed by my side."

British Acting High Commissioner Martin Reynolds said: "Natalie has achieved great success in her sport, demonstrating an ability to compete with the best in both Olympic and Paralympic disciplines at numerous international sporting events.

"Natalie is an inspiration to up and coming athletes throughout the world and I am delighted she has been recognised for her achievements."

The UK was proud to have helped shape Du Toit's career, with her first competition being the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, said Reynolds.

Du Toit retired after the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games, where she won three gold and one silver medal.

"She has been an inspiration for a generation of Paralympians and we are delighted that her contribution has been recognised," he said.

Du Toit would be presented with the award at a ceremony by His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex in October in Pretoria.

  • Charl du Preez - 2013-09-27 16:19

    Could not have happened to a better person. Congratulations, absolutely deserved.

      Adrien McGuire - 2013-09-27 16:59

      Well done Natalie, you deserve it !

      Jim Boorman - 2013-09-27 17:08

      Why cant she get awarded this from the queen at Buck House?

      Lowna Appelgryn Wong Hau - 2013-09-27 17:15

      Well done Nat, You deserve only the best you make us proud.

      Debbie Ryan - 2013-09-27 18:20

      Congrats Natalie, very well deserved :)

      rhino - 2013-09-27 18:37

      Then we get one a@$e hole that gives her a thumbs down. Why o why are you so jealous on her?

  • Triumphant Voice - 2013-09-27 16:21

    Nice, one!

  • Dennies Pterrance - 2013-09-27 16:26

    Well done Du Toit

  • Rampant - 2013-09-27 16:28

    You are a true inspiration. Well deserved Madam.

  • Edwin Chin - 2013-09-27 16:29

    Congrats Nat we are all very proud of you especially those of us who know you personally Ed Chin Sports Science Cape Town

  • Johnny Smith - 2013-09-27 16:34

    Congratulations Natalie. You really deserve it!

  • Patricia Dewet - 2013-09-27 16:42

    Such a wonderful person, she deserved it.

  • Chris Everson - 2013-09-27 16:51

    Outstanding - so richly deserved

  • Bheki Magwaza - 2013-09-27 16:52

    Well done Natalie...we're really proud of you as South Africans!

  • Philip Gray - 2013-09-27 16:54

    A heart-felt congratulations is order. Well done for not giving up on yourself (it hasn't been an easy road) and through that demostration of courage have made countless others do the same, no matter the odds. The right attitude and the will to achieve bears positive fruit in the end. Madam, you are that fruit of realisation. God bless you always.

  • MJS1234 - 2013-09-27 17:22

    Well done Natalie, you make us proud!

  • Ted Muusha - 2013-09-27 17:29

    Wise at Home and Abroad. 100 percent heroine to me.

  • Stephen AndKathy Whiteley - 2013-09-27 17:35


  • Dalai Rama - 2013-09-27 17:44

    The showerhead's world famous "Order of the Inkhamanga Award" should have been more prestigious?

  • Dalai Rama - 2013-09-27 17:45

    The Order of the Inkhamanga better?

  • Freddy van Wijk - 2013-09-27 17:46

    A great achievement. Something we all South Africans can be proud of. To those who are negative about this, I say F OFF!!

      Tom van Niekerk - 2013-09-27 17:55

      im 100 percent with you friend

      MJS1234 - 2013-09-27 18:58

      Well said Freddy!

  • Israel - 2013-09-27 17:50

    Well done Natalie - you have made South Africa PROUD!!

  • Tom van Niekerk - 2013-09-27 17:54

    well done Natalie you deserve evrything wich comes your you an insperation to everyone.More to us able body people that determination you got to go further swim faster go go go!!!i do find it so facinating for you to get to the top you are the best dear!!!

  • Rendani Rammela Muchekwa - 2013-09-27 18:01

    Congratz natalie,we a proud of u

      Anne Wright - 2013-09-27 18:38

      I agree congrats Natalie and well done.

  • Rashida Patel - 2013-09-27 18:09

    Congratulations! You an inspiration!

  • Solly Knoetze - 2013-09-27 18:33

    And the Queen pissed on the ANC'battery. SASCOC, Reddy and SA SWIM you look like fools now. WELL DONE NATALIE.

  • Josie de Villiers - 2013-09-27 18:58

    Congratulations to Natalie on being a very worthy recipient of this prestige honour. She has been an inspiration to us all and has shown incredible heart, spirit and tenacity. A true champion who has left alegacy. We salute you!

  • Bobby Jones - 2013-09-27 19:07

    Amazing Natalie.You are an inspiration.

  • Bobby Jones - 2013-09-27 19:07

    Amazing Natalie.You are an inspiration.

  • Cynthia Taylor - 2013-09-27 19:19

    this is incredible she deserve it she is an inspiration to any athlete and also he best advocate for. I;m so proud of her

  • Michelle Blackie - 2013-09-27 19:29

    Well done Natalie! So deserved!

  • M.a. Jacobs - 2013-09-27 19:44

    What an inspiration! Congrats Natalie!

  • Anthony Spruyt - 2013-09-27 20:54

    Well deserved! Congratulations.

  • Given Phiri - 2013-09-28 05:56

    well done! owesome!

  • Angela van Greunen - 2013-09-28 09:27

    You are an inspiration to so many people. God bless you always Natalie.

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