Quick Facts

How acquired
Physical Impairment – Cerebral Palsy
Date of Birth
April 21, 1977
Canberra, ACT
Speech pathologist
Started Competing
First Competed for Australia
Games Experience

Beijing 2008, London 2012


Amy Winters

Career Highlights

2006 IPC World Championships

Greatest Moment

Competing for Australia at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games and London 2012 Paralympic Games


Born into a very non-athletic family, Katherine Proudfoot has consistently shone in her events since she first started competing back in 2004. Her tremendous London 2012 Paralympic Games campaign landed her with a bronze medal in the discus, a result she considers her career highlight.

Despite being awarded the bronze medal at London belatedly, following a protest over a judging error, Katherine’s long list of achievements has not gone unnoticed. At the Beijing 2008 Games, the world class performer won a silver medal in the discus with a lob of 23.01m, a season’s best.

Katherine watched the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games and knew from that moment she was destined to compete. The following year, she was discovered at the very first APC Paralympic Talent Search Day in Newcastle. It was only one year later Katherine broke the world record in javelin at the IPC World Athletics Championships in Assen, Netherlands.

Prior to her starring performance in Holland, Katherine, who was born with cerebral palsy, made her international debut at the 2006 Commonwealth Games and claimed gold in the javelin at the National Championships. Her incredible results continued in the lead up to the London Games.

With only a few years of competing in field events under her belt, Katherine broke the Commonwealth record in discus at the 2011 IPC World Championships in Christchurch. She again stood among the best Australian athletes at the 2011 National Championships in snaring a silver medal in shot put. The performance followed the two gold medals she won at the 2010 Nationals.

Katherine’s ongoing determination was displayed in her bronze medal shot put win in the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships in Lyon, France. The performance improves on the fourth place she endured at the London Games, giving the New Zealand-born star great confidence for Rio 2016.

Despite spending three years of her childhood in Wales and having a New Zealand heritage, Katherine is an avid Australian sports supporter. She describes her scariest moment as being photographed in her Australian uniform outside the New Zealand residences at the Commonwealth Games village.

When she’s not training, Katherine works as a speech pathologist. She enjoys mind mazes, mensa puzzles and cryptic crosswords, all aside from her pinpoint preparations for the Rio 2016 Games.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Athletics Disciplines: Shot put Classification: F36