Many mothers dislike the early mornings that come with the first months of parenthood, but for silver-medallist swimmer Nyree Kindred they have proved most helpful. Kindred has spent the last year juggling training for the biggest competition of her life with looking after 14-month old Ella.
And Ella was looking on at London’s Aquatics Centre as Kindred won her 10th Paralympic medal across four Games yesterday, claiming silver in the 100m backstroke. It took a world record swim from China’s Lu Dong to beat Wales’ Kindred, who finished just over a second adrift of Dong with a swim of 1.26.23 minutes – a new personal best.
Kindred, whose husband Sascha will also swim for Great Britain at the Games, dedicated the medal to her baby daughter who has helped wake up the Hereford-based couple in time for morning training.
“This medal is right up there with my best,” said the Porth-born 31-year-old.
“Athens was my biggest achievement winning five medals including two gold, and I got silver in Beijing and back then I was disappointed. But to win a silver medal with a personal best time one year after having a daughter, I can’t complain at all.
“My daughter is 14 months old and she was in the crowd cheering me on and she is the best thing in the world.
“In a sense it has been difficult with being a mother and also training, but I just have to juggle my time a little better.
“My husband swims as well, but we have a fantastic support network at home in Hereford. Ella is great and she fits into our lifestyle as she is an early riser, so that’s perfect for morning training.”
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