Natalie du Toit has dreamed of competing in the Olympics since she was six years old. The South African athlete competed in the Olympic inaugural open swimming competition earlier this week despite having lost one of her legs in a motorcycle accident.
“My message isn’t just to disabled people,” du Toit said. “It’s to everyone out there that you have to work hard. I’ve been through a lot of ups and downs … but I’ve seen a lot of good things along the way. I was able to use the negativism in a good light and say after my accident, ‘I can still do it if I work hard.’
“You have to set dreams, set goals and never give up.” (Source: NBC Olympics)