Thursday, September 11, 2008

My Salute To African Lady



Picture Courtesy: The Associated Press

Although South Africa's Natalie du Toit failed to win a medal, she won the hearts of millions sports fans across the globe with her indomitable courage to participate in the Beijing Olympics. The 24-year-old amputee finished 16th in the gruelling 10-km open-water swimming competition in the Games. Participating in the Olympics, she proved that anything is possible in this world. Toit also set the world record, becoming the first female amputee swimmer ever to qualify for the Olympics. I think the following quote perfectly summarises her. "Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections, but instantly set about remedying them - every day begin the task anew-" Saint Francis De Sales.

11 comments:

Kadri said...

Some curses the gods and whatnot and whine about their misfortunes and their bad luck, and that's all they do. Others say "that's life" and go on living. People with the exact same handicap can live lives that are so different that they can't be compared.

I have no patience with the "woe is me" crowd, probably because some of the most important persons in my life are in the "that's life" crowd.

It's great to see someone, a woman even, that has bypassed the limitations of the paralympics and gone further than anyone would have expected.

Plamena Markova said...

Dipu, your little text just made my day even better! Thank you!

Vicky said...

I salute the indomitable spirit of that paralysed woman, who chose not to live a life dependent on others or live like a creature creeping on the ground.

She has in fact set classic examples that one can fulfil all his/her desires even with some adversities. Her participation shows that it’s not the trophy but the race, its not the victory but the chase which really matters.

Eppie said...

Good one, tks!It's high time I started counting my blessings again..

pramode said...

Yes. This is sportman's spirit. One should never surrender, never say die , this is what sports teach us.
Pramode.

vitya said...

Teljeítmény, kitartás, türelem.
Elismerés.

With respect.
Viktor Nagy. Hungary.

grovenews said...

This is an inspiring story. Thanks for sharing it with us. Makes me realise that I dont put in 1/10th of the hardwork she or any other athlete does.

Tanweer said...

Toit...I salute U and I guss veryone of us sud salute the spirit of dis lady..look at her grit and guts..she participated in an event in which many able bodied person would not muster courage to take part..Toit u have once again shown that will power can triumph over antyhting...Kudos 2 U..keep inspiring...

Comfortably Numb said...

Even I saw her and I was awed..

Cheers!!

"My macrocosm" said...

Hats off....

Awe-inspiring

Kudritskiss said...

very inspiring! It's amazing how determined people can be. Loads of respect to this athlete and what she does!