World champ Paul now eyeing Paralympic gold

[caption id="attachment_92755" align="alignright" width="300"] GOLDEN BOY: Kevin Paul is met by his mother, Katharina, on his return to Port ElizabethPicture: MIKE HOLMES -[/caption]

FORMER Port Elizabeth Paralympic swimmer Kevin Paul, who has been crowned the new world champion in the 100m breaststroke at the International Paralympic Committee world championships in Glasgow, says a Paralympic Games gold medal is next on his list.

The former Grey High pupil, who lives and trains in Durban, jetted in to Port Elizabeth yesterday to visit family and said the medal was a big confidence booster.

“We are almost one year out from the Rio Games,” Paul, 24, said.

“The biggest thing when going into a huge competition like that is confidence.

“My coach and I have been training really hard over the last three years.

“The move to Durban and the change of coaches last year has been a big change in my set-up. This was a huge stepping stone towards next year.

“Walking away with a gold medal and being able to call ourselves the world champs in the 100m breaststroke will set our confidence much higher.

“This is something that we have been working towards and now that we have got it we’ll tick it off the list. Now we are looking at the Paralympic gold medal.”

-Vuyokazi Nkanjeni