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Dixon not scared of new kid on the block

30 July 2002

Since the inclusion of EAD events was announced, Stephanie Dixon of Canada has been seen as one of the gold medal favourites. However, there is a new face in the women’s EAD swimming, South Africa's Natalie Du Toit.


Stephanie Dixon

“I am very excited about racing Natalie because it can only get the best out of me and keep pushing me to new levels,” said Dixon. “When it comes down to racing, I am in control of what I do and how I swim, and I can’t affect how Natalie swims or what she does.

“The pool is very fast, which helps with my preparation for the race, and with fans all around the pool, the environment will be pumped,” she added. “This can only do wonders for my performance,” she added

Preparation for a race is vital and Dixon is in a confident frame of mind.

“My preparation has been very good. Normally I am a backstroke swimmer, but for the past three or four months I have been pounding out the front crawl and I have been able to see a real improvement,” said Dixon.

“My times have been getting faster and faster and my feel for the water has been improving, but I have to remember that it’s slightly different than any other international meet in that I am not racing swimmers in the same class as me.

It will be a mixed race and it will be me against the clock.”

Dixon has already felt the benefit of a friendly welcome at the Commonwealth Games Village and has been relaxing in the run up to competition.

“The Village is great. The environment is friendly and very helpful,” she said.

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