Quick Facts

Vision Impairment – Cone-rod dystrophy
How acquired
Date of Birth
December 22, 1986
South Penrith, NSW
Disability employment consultant
Started Competing
First Competed for Australia

Kim Crow

Career Highlights

Winning silver at the 2014 World Championships where she made her international debut


Vision impaired Para-rower Kathleen Murdoch helped to create Australian history in 2016, when she and the LTA Mixed Coxed Four qualified their boat for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. This was the first time Australia had ever qualified the boat class for the Games.

At just four years old, Kate was diagnosed with cone dystrophy, a degenerative disorder affecting her eye sight, which saw her become legally blind at 16 years old.

With her eyes slowly deteriorating, Kate was determined to find a sport that would suit her. Having tried out athletics and basketball, she discovered rowing after her father, a former rower himself, noted that she would not need her sight to compete.

Kate made her international debut at the 2014 World Championships where won silver in the LTA Mixed Double Skulls with her rowing partner, and 2016 Team mate Jeremy McGrath. Her first taste of success for Australia, she counts this as her career highlight to date.

2016 has been an exciting year for Kate, after her crew made history by winning the Final Paralympic Qualification Regatta in Italy and qualifying the LTA Mixed Coxed Four to the Games, the first time Australia has had this boat class represented. In addition to this, the crew also won the Gavirate International Para-rowing Regatta at the same venue later in the week.

While Kate enjoys competing in alongside fellow Rio 2016 Team member, Jeremy McGrath, and also in the Mixed Coxed Four with her Australiam Team mates, it is the challenge of the single rower events that Kate loves the most.

As a vision impaired rower, Kate is required to wear black out goggles during her race, which she says work in her favour by blocking out the distracting glare. This allows her to focus on the feel of the boat and her movements.

The South Penrith local works as a disability employment consultant and is currently enrolled at University of New England, where she is studying for her Bachelor of training and development which she is due to complete in 2018. To make sure she fits in her training with her work and study, Kate starts her busy days early with 4am training sessions at the Sydney International Regatta Centre before making her way to work.

In 10 years, Kate hopes to be travelling after finishing her degree, and to still be involved in rowing, her ultimate goal is to walk away satisfied with her race results and to be happy and comfortable.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Rowing Disciplines: LTA Mixed Coxed Four Classification: LTA – VI (B1)