20 quickfire questions with ... Natalie du Toit


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Natalie du Toit (Laureus)

TODAY: South African multiple Paralympic and Commonwealth Games gold medal and Laureus award winner ... NATALIE DU TOIT

1. Nickname/s: Noodle

2. Childhood sporting hero: Marianne Kriel and Susie O’ Neill

3. Greatest sporting moment for that you can recall: The 1995 Rugby World Cup final - seeing the political barriers being broken down and the coming together of the rainbow nation, together with former and late President Mr Nelson Mandela raising the most prestigious Webb Ellis Cup in 1995 - who would have imagined that I would have been inspired by such a fantastic moment.

4. Greatest sporting moment personally: Placing fourth in qualifying for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. A pinnacle point forever etched in my mind.

5. Game or sporting event that you could watch on repeat: Any rugby game

6. Sea or river: Sea and definitely not where the river meets the sea

7. Chocolate or vanilla: Definitely death by chocolate

8. Favourite holiday destination: Italy

9. Banana or pineapple on a pizza: Pineapple

10. What would your last meal be: Lamb and butternut (cooked lamb that is)

11. Favourite superhero and why: Spiderman definitely

12. If a movie was made about your life who would play you: 007

13. 3 things you would want with you on a desert island: Excuse the obvious, but ‘my prosthetic leg’; food and toothpaste

14. Current series addiction: House Hunters

15. Do you have a favourite joke: What’s that?

16. Best piece of advice you have ever received: Find what it is that makes you, you!

17. Hobby: Crocheting and reading

18. How does Sport for Good relate to you: The opportunity to be a part of a movement and give back in manner that uses the very thing that was my life for so many years and that has made me who I am today.

19. Laureus programme that you have interacted with, and what they do: Getting to know the different projects here in South Africa on a level of engagement and inspiration - too many to mention

20. What are you and/or your family doing over this time to ensure you keep mentally and physically healthy? Sleep, eat, exercise, staying isolated and work on repeat ;-)

Who is Laureus?

Laureus is a global movement that celebrates the power of sport to bring people together as a force for good. The first Patron of Laureus was Nelson Mandela. At the inaugural Laureus World Sports Awards in 2000, President Mandela said: “Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than governments in breaking down racial barriers.”

This has become the philosophy of Laureus, the driving belief behind all they do.

Laureus combines Laureus Sport for Good, the Laureus World Sports Academy and Ambassadors Programme and the Laureus World Sports Awards to form a unique organisation that uses the inspirational power of sport as a force for good.

Laureus Sport for Good South Africa

The Laureus Sport For Good Foundation Trust South Africa is a local chapter of the Laureus Sport For Good Foundation. Launched in 2002, SA was the first regional office to be established by Laureus International.

What is the Laureus Sport For Good vision? “Using the power of sport to end violence, discrimination and disadvantage. Proving that sport can change the world”. The Laureus Sport for Good Foundation South Africa supports over 30 projects nationwide. Every programme supported addresses at least one of the following six social issues, which are aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: 

• Health: Enhancing mental wellbeing and encouraging healthy behaviour change

• Education: Increased access to and completion of education

• Women and Girls: Promoting equality, empowerment and safety

• Employability: Developing skills and creating pathways to employment

• Inclusive Society: Creating communities which embrace ethnic, cultural and physical differences

• Peaceful Society: Resolving conflict, promoting community peace-building and creating safe spaces

For more information: https://www.laureus.co.za/

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