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Paralympian Bouwer sets sights on Olympic Games

Already a three-time Paralympian swimmer, Charl Bouwer is aiming to follow in the footsteps of Paralympic legends Oscar Pistorius and Natalie du Toit and represent his country at the Olympic Games, writes Mark Etheridge.

Bouwer, who won gold in the 400-metre freestyle in Beijing, won gold again (50m freestyle) and two silvers (100m free and 100m backstroke) at the London Paralympics last year and will now be focusing on the World Championships in Canada in August as his main target for the year.

“I definitely want to be like Natalie and Oscar and take part in the Olympics and I reckon I stand a good chance if I put everything into it now,” Bouwer told Road to Rio 2016.

Busy swotting theology at the University of Stellenbosch, Bouwer is once again hard at training. “It’s a new story for me to start studying again and I feel like an old man in amongst these youngsters!”

He recently underwent surgery to remove pins from his elbow and is already hard at work. “The elbow is fine and I haven’t got any problems. I’ve swum great times. In fact I swam better times last December than at the Paralympics.

“I’m really looking forward to this year and think it will be a great year. I’m looking at the World Champs in Canada and also want to quality for the World Student Games in Russia. That’s just one of the steps to hopefully take part in the Olympics one day.

“Now it’s just a question of getting the swimming and swotting co-ordinated and although it’s something new for me I’m sure I’ll get it right.”