There will be time for longread retrospectives, and there will be time to look at what’s next for the seven-time Paralympic champion, but today the swimming world took to Twitter to express in 140 characters their respect for the career of one of their sports’ most successful, and most-liked, figures.
Sascha Kindred, who came to Leominster via Salford, will hang his trunks up as one of the best to do it.
Today I'm officially announcing my retirement from swimming. Thank you to all that have supported me in my journey. https://t.co/tkBXzbbZfn— Sascha Kindred CBE (@SaschaKindred) February 7, 2017
His status as an all-time great, not just in para swimming but in para and GB sport in general was assured long before this summer, having accumulated silverware with a magpie-like fervour.
His final tally comes to jaw-dropping 13 Paralympic medals – plus a further 61 in major national and international competitions.
He called his World Record swim in Rio – 20 years after entering a Paralympic pool for the first time – a “perfect ending”, and questions were raised by some over whether he would take the opportunity step away from competition at its ultimate pinnacle.
Since then there has been practically no Herefordshire school, or swim club left unvisited. Throughout his success, Sascha had always been conscious of his impact he could have outside of the pool, as much as what he could do in it.
The Salford boy has, as it turned out, pulled the old Alex Ferguson. He goes out on the top, the fastest man in history to swim the SM6 200m medley.
And, 28 years after he first started club swimming, the big fella probably deserves a lie-in or two.
Here are a few of the best tweets:
Olympic silver-medalist Sharron Davies
Paralympian Kate Grey
Paralympics GB tweeted a clip to THAT moment in Rio
Para swimming Performance director Chris Furber
If you want to pass on a messaage yourself - you can tweet Sascha here.