Quick Facts

How acquired
Physical Impairment – Right arm limb deficiency
Date of Birth
August 13, 1983
Elwood, VIC
Consultant - Psychologist
Started Competing
First Competed for Australia

USA triathlete Gwen Jorgensen

Career Highlights

Winning gold at Yokohama in the ITU World Para-triathlon Event in May 2015

Greatest Moment

Watching Gwen Jorgensen win gold in Japan


Kate Doughty grew up with an affinity for horses. The daughter of a bookmaker, she had a horse and started equestrian at a young age, and made her international debut in 2006. She went on to enjoy considerable success in equestrian, including competing at the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Kentucky, USA.

In late 2014, she made the dramatic change to triathlon. This was an ambition born from personal loss, with the death of her mother spurring Kate to make a fresh start within a new sport.

She had to choose between swimming and triathlon, and despite having never ridden a road bike or TT bike, she chose triathlon – and hasn’t looked back.

Coached by Corey Bacon, Kate competed in her first event in January 2015, coming second at the Para-triathlon Oceania Championships. In March of 2015 she was again second at the ITU World Para-Triathlon Event on the Sunshine Coast. She went one better a couple of weeks later when she won gold at the Australian Championships. She again climbed to the top of the podium in May 2015, winning gold at the ITU World Para-Triathlon Event in Yokohama, Japan.

Her consistent podium results throughout 2015 has ensured that she has maintained a world ranking inside the top 10 going into the Paralympic year and is well placed for high achievements in Rio.

Kate was born without her right hand. She is a patron for the Aussie Hands Foundation which provides support for people with hand differences.

She has completed a Bachelor of Applied Science, a Graduate Diploma of Psychology and a Masters in Industrial and Organisational Pyschology. She is passionate and dedicated to helping individuals, teams and organisations reach their full potential. She utilises evidence-based techniques and methodologies to allow successful people to operate at an elite level. Outcomes include enhanced motivation, engagement, individual and team performance as well as Return on Investment.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Triathlon Disciplines: Women - PT4 Classification: PT4W