Olympian and Paralympian Natalie du Toit has moved on from her inspiring sporting career to apply her skills and determination to the business world in the field of reputation management. She was the first person in the world to carry a national flag in both the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Her goal is to inspire all South Africans to believe that anything is achievable, even against all odds.
Olympian and Paralympian Natalie du Toit has moved on from her inspiring and memorable sporting career to apply her skills and determination to the business world.
Born in Cape Town South Africa in 1984, Natalie was swimming and winning from an early age. She competed in the Kuala Lumpur Commonwealth Games in 1998 as an able-bodied athlete, then at 17 she lost a leg in a motorcycle accident. But she rose above that disaster and competed in the Manchester Commonwealth Games in both disabled and able-bodied races to prove it could be done. She achieved her goal, placing eighth in the able-bodied 800m Freestyle and winning gold in the 50m and 100m multi-disability swimming events
Natalie went on to become an inspiration to many, and was the first person in the world to carry a national flag in both the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Modest and approachable, Natalie is a Young Leader in the World Economic Forum, has spoken at the European Union Parliament in Brussels and won the Ethics in Leadership Award. In 2009, she was awarded The Order of Ikhamanga in Gold, a medal earned for her exceptional achievements and unparalleled merit in sports.
As an Ambassador for South Africa’s Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) she has helped to educate voters about the democratic process.
When she retired from swimming in 2012 she was South Africa’s most decorated SA Paralympian swimmer, holding thirteen Gold and two Silver Medals. Sport is still dear to her heart and in 2015 she became an in-field presenter on the SuperSport TV show Women.Sports.Talk.
Natalie has partnered with Innocomm SA in the field of reputation management, focusing on social media. As an expert social media strategist, she aims to turn her clients into influencers themselves and to generate a return on investment.
She is currently studying for a B. Com in Business Management on a scholarship through the Da Vinci Institute, and her goal is to inspire all South Africans to believe that anything is achievable, even against all odds.