Quick Facts

Disability
Physical Impairment – Cerebral Palsy
Sport
Athletics
How acquired
Congenital
Date of Birth
April 21, 1977
Home
Canberra, ACT
Occupation
Speech pathologist
Started Competing
2004
First Competed for Australia
2006
Games Experience

Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016

Heroes

Amy Winters

Career Highlights

Winning bronze in discus at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London

Greatest Moment

Representing Australia at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing and 2012 Paralympic Games in London

Bio

Katherine Proudfoot was inspired to begin competing in Para-sport while watching the 2004 Paralympic Games, and the following year she was discovered at the first APC Paralympic Talent Search Day in Newcastle.

Just one year later, Katherine broke the world record in javelin at the IPC World Championships in Assen, a tremendous effort for anyone, but especially for someone born into a non-athletic family. She followed this with a season best performance at her Paralympic debut in Beijing, which was enough to bag a silver medal.

With only a few years’ experience under her belt, Katherine broke the Commonwealth record in discus at the 2011 IPC World Championships in Christchurch, and snared silver in shot put at the National Championships that same year. At the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, Katherine was awarded a bronze medal in discus after the Australian team complained that an outdated points-scoring system was being used.

Following a series of strong performances, Katherine head into the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games with great confidence. There she nabbed bronze in shot put, throwing a distance of 9.70m.

Although she was born in New Zealand and spent three years in Wales, Katherine is an avid Australian sports supporter. She is employed as a speech pathologist, and enjoys mind mazes, mensa puzzles and cryptic crosswords.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Athletics Disciplines: Shot put Classification: F36