#Introduceyourself – Natalie du Toit, an avid sportsperson and believer in “Levelling the playing field”, somehow, somewhere, sometime by merging business and sport.

in introduceyourself •  10 days ago

Hallo SteemIt Friends. My name is Natalie du Toit - Born on the 29 January 1984 in Cape Town South Africa, and yes, I believe I lie on the cusp of two generations, something which I believe serves a positive in my life.

I started swimming and winning at an early age and having competed at the Kuala Lumpur Games in 1998 as an able-bodied athlete, at the age of 16, I lost my leg in a motorcycle accident. Despite this setback, I was determined to compete at the Manchester Games both as an able-bodied and disabled competitor just to prove it could be done. My goals started to be realised and I achieved an eight place in the able-bodied 800m Freestyle, winning gold in the 50 and 100m Elite Athletes with Disability (EAD) events.

On the 3rd May 2008, I competed in the Open Water World Championships in Seville Spain. My 4th place guaranteed me a place at the Beijing Olympics and I finally realised my ultimate dream.

I reportedly made history on the 20th August 2008, when I was the first disabled swimmer to dive into the Shunyi Rowing Basin in Beijing. As number 23 I competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games 1st 10km women open water marathon. My 16th Place was marked as a most remarkable effort by my fellow Open water competitors and media from all over the world were interested in this historic race.

To me and my team though, the hard work, obstacles and challenges had finally culminated in something magical, We, had achieved our dream. I have always been taught to give back knowledge and experience and work as hard as I possibly can.

After many a nomination, awards, leadership roles, speaking events nationally and internationally and competing at 3 Paralympic Games and 1 Olympic, I was able to retire in 2012. We as a team had come full circle.

Retirement saw me leave the swimming industry, something that has always been a goal, allowing me to focus on venturing into the business world.

In 2014, I started my working life in Reputation Management, focusing on the social media industry. A show called Women.Sports.Talk on SuperSport 4 was born in 2015 – a first of its kind in South Africa that sees Cynthia Tshaka piloting a show all about women’s issues in sport with me as an in-field presenter.

Sport will always remain dear to my heart and I have understood that people associate me with the sporting industry, hence the sports show, the ambassadorial role as a Laureus Ambassador and the events alongside Innocomm SA. My latest quest is being part of a team that will be Merging cryptocurrency with real-world human behaviour, to level the playing field whilst generating vast revenue.

I am currently studying a B. Com degree in Business Management through the Da Vinci Institute, a mode two learning institute which has proved very useful in my latest quest at Innocomm SA.

Looking to the future, I wish to inspire all South African’s young and old that anything is achievable by achieving against all odds with my lifelong dream to focus on the management and strategizing of social media with a return on investment that is further harnessed by being an influencer.

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Hi and welcome to Steemit ✌️

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Thank you xels. It is much appreciated ;-)

Welcome to Steemit. And thanks for giving us an overview of your inspiring story so far.

With your drive and ambition, you are certain to do well on this wonderful platform.

Below are a few points of advice re posting on Steemit.

  1. Longer posts are more lucrative than short posts. If you make a post of 20–30 paragraphs, it's more likely to earn rewards.
  2. Include some photos, images or graphs, to complement the text.
  3. Make sure the text and photos are formatted properly, so that your post looks attractive and appealing.

Hope this helps for now. Good luck, and Full Steem Ahead!

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Hallo @majes.tytyty apologies for not responding to you sooner. I had mistaken you for a bot. Steep learning curve for the beginner. Your advice is fantastic, thank you! It is awesome to be shown some of the ropes as it is not always easy to navigate. It is a challenge blogging often, but I will really give it a go as it is something I have wanted to do for a while.
Thank you for making me feel welcome and like part of the family/community. Best Wishes.

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No problem with the delay. But that's the first time I've ever been mistaken for a bot. :-)

I know it's a steep learning curve, especially for a tech-phobe like me. So, glad to help and give advice.

Here are a few more helpful hints.

  1. Be yourself.
  2. Be interesting and informative.
  3. Create quality content. Steemit is intended to be a platform of quality content. (You will see many insignificant posts with meager content and no quality. Most of those of posts [called “shitposts” by Steemit whale Stellabelle] will earn few rewards and soon pass into oblivion.)

As for growing your presence on Steemit, here's one point:
The best way to attract followers is to glance through the various feeds (People you follow (Under the Steemit Beta icon), Trending, New, Hot, Promoted), and find posts that interest you. There are many trivial posts that really have little content of any value, but among that stream, you will find plenty of good and even great posts.

When you find such posts, UPVOTE those you like, COMMENT on them, and then maybe REPLY to any replies that you get. Soon, you will see the number of your followers increase.

Cheers, and let's CHAT sometime soon.

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Thank you @majes.tytyty. Valuable input ;-)

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@majes.tytyty Wish someone shared this with me :) thank you anyways! Best wishes - @splendorhub.

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You are welcome.

As a (former) teacher, I always like to help people learn and guide them on the path. And as a (new) Steemian, I'm doing whatever I can to build a great community on this platform.

Here are a few more points that might help you:

  1. Be yourself.
  2. Be interesting and informative.
  3. Create quality content. Steemit is intended to be a platform of quality content. (You will see many insignificant posts with meager content and no quality. Most of those of posts [called “shitposts” by Steemit whale Stellabelle] will earn few rewards and soon pass into oblivion.)

Hope you can make plenty of posts with true staying power.

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@majes.tytyty your advice is greatly appreciated. I had always wanted to start a blog and this platform is just perfect for me. My interest is so broad that if you stay tuned you might enjoy it.Best wishes. Thank you again.

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I had tried blogging before, but never found a decent platform or a supportive community. Now, here it is!

Cheers, and let's not bother dear Nats with our chatter anymore. Let's be in touch on our own comment thread.

Welcome to Steem Community @natsdutoit! As a gentle reminder, please keep your master password safe. The best practise is to use your private posting key to login to Steemit when posting; and the private active key for wallet related transactions.

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Welcome to Steemit community @natsdutoit! So great to have such an incredible person here. We hope you're going to enjoy this community. Good luck and steem on!

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Evening @extremeromance. Thank you for your good wishes. I am excited to blog and be a part of this community and i am only 2 posts in. It is a little challenging to find the time, but motivation has always made miracles happen. Your name looks interesting and would like to read more of your blogs.

Welcome to steemit and thanks for sharing your story!! (or start of - hopefully you'll share more :) )

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Hi @kate-m thanks a ton. it is a little challenging finding time to blog everyday, but am inspired to keep going on the platform. Best of luck to you too.

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It is! I haven't written a blog in ages!! Just not in that vibe at the moment. But I really enjoy having little conversations in the comments sections!

Welcome Natalie! So great to have more Saffas on Steemit!
#teamsouthafrica 💓💓💓

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Thank you so much princess mewmew. Looking forward to this journey personally. It is a pity we as SA lost the 2023 rugby bid today, but we will be back stronger.

Yay I am so glad you decided to join finally! I am Jaco's sister and Jared's mom. I will ask Jared to follow you too. He is @brotherbear

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Hallo giantbear. That is so cool. Thank you. I have finally taken the plunge and spent some time figuring things out with Jaco's help ;-). I look forward to reading some of your posts.

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O I can honestly say you can read her posts - I love the stories she writes

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For me, it is all about learning and growing and reading therefore forms an integral part to both. thank you for the heads up. i am sure you write amazing stories too.

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I'm glad you did. This should keep you busy!! LOL!

Welcome - what a wonderful inspiration you are - enjoy steemit

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Thank you Anneke. Very much appreciated. Learning the ropes still here on Steemit, but have committed so that is a positive.

Hello Natalie, welcome to Steem! :-)

Natalie is a true hero and inspiration to all south africans WE ARE VERY PROUD OF HER !!

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Hi vaerospace, thank you for your kind words. Tons of hard work and challenges, but we always manage to scrape through. All the best.

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My pleasure !!

So glad you joined us hope you like it as much as we do. Saw you in the paper yesterday, good luck with sportspodium I really hope only the best for you all.

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Hi bigbear. Wow, stalking happening already. Just kidding ;-) Thank you! it was time to get going on Steemit and own a space. SportsPodium is an amazing project and hoping to take people on a journey of discovery, opportunity and endless possibility with it. I always wonder what that would have allowed us as former athletes to achieve. Look forward to following your stories and insights.

Hi.
Good to see you.
Welcome.

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Hi Leomichael, thank you. I am a dog fan too! They seem to be my world.

Welcome Natalie. Enjoy the world of steem 😆

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Hi Roboza, thank you. I am still a huge fan of your picture!

plz following me.......

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Hi Kawsurmahmud. Consider yourself followed!

Hi Natalie! Welcome here and hope that you will spend nice time with us and make new friends in this community :)

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Hi Hanen, thank you, thank you, thank you. Definitely hoping to meet people and make friends. I have heard tons of good about the platform. Hope you are enjoying what your journey on Steemit.

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Yes it is a great community and u meet people from all over the world. You will have fun definitely.

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Thanks for these words. I really am looking forward to a community to be a part of - learning how things happen and increasing my knowledge.

Hallo Natalie, welcome to the world of steemit. Also saw you in the newspaper with Robert, Jaco and ? is it Chris? in the article about sportspodium, hope that will take off soon.

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Hi frieda, thank you for the welcome message. Yes, it is Chris in the article. We are working on SportsPodium being successful, so we hope the sporting community and the rest of the word understand the good that will come of it, the solving of many problems in the sporting world.

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It's great to have you here. I've shared you with my 6500 followers. I hope it helps you get off to a great start on the platform.

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Hallo aggroed. Wow, thank you for your belief in me. Any start is a good start and it always much appreciated. I look forward to learning more about you and reading your blogs.

@natsdutoit Welcome ! You will really enjoy it here. This community is awesome in many ways. We have have different experiences knowledge and gifts to share. You have yourself a new follower.

Best wishes - @splendorhub

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Hallo splendorhub, thank you for your message. I had to laugh at the video ;-). Thank you for your advice and looking forward to growing, sharing and hopefully growing others too. It is awesome to read some of your blogs.

Welcome, fellow South African :) Steem on!

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Thanks rogermarx, will definitely keep working on my Steemit profile. Thanks for messaging.

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Thanks for all the work you do empowering others

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Welcome to steemit. It's an amazing place. Here's hoping you'd enjoy the stay.

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Thanks a ton greenrun. It is a new lifestyle of sorts to deal with - a positive one at that.

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I agree with you on the lifestyle being positive. Joined 100+ some factions of days. Already loving every bit of it. Thanks a lot.

Oh whoa. Such accomplished person you are. Love your decision to retire and go into business. I believe you will do well in it. Welcome to steemit

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Many thanks cwen. It is a tough road nut an important for me to travel down - I would never rest until my crazy ideas have been tried and tested. I will have a look at some of your blogs too.

Hey , Welcome to the club , dont forget to follow me :)

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Thanks so much iqbalhood. Followed

Wow! What an amazing story dear @natsdutoit! Good luck on steem! You rock!

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Thanks so much @alexandraioana. Steemit is a different world and another challenge to try and be a part of. Hope your journey is a truly positive on here. best of Luck.

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You are such an inspiration! i am gladly following u! >:D<

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Much appreciated, thank you. Your travels look amazing!

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Thank u so much

Talk about overcoming adversity! Stories like yours are an inspiration to not only people in similar conditions, but also shine a light for parents of autistic children like myself.

Looking forward to hearing more about your continuing success.

Sincerely, Geoff.

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Your comments are very much appreciated Geoff @inalittlewhile, thank you. Challenges are a part of life and we need to keep going no matter what. thank you for sharing a little about yourself. I will follow your stories.

Welcome to steemit the home of quality content...
Wish you good luck on your journey.

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Good Evening @ojizyking, many thanks. Best of luck on your Steemit journey as well.

I want to welcome you in the family, and to help if is required .
I give you an upvote check my Steem power
give me follow and i will support you in the future .

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