Striving for gold, Beijing 2008 silver medallist Kathryn Ross and mixed double sculls partner Gavin Bellis were devastated to finish third in their heat, second in their repechage heat and fifth in the final, racing nearly nine seconds slower than first-placed Chinese pair Tianming Fei and Xiaoxian Lou.

In the four years between Beijing and London, Kathryn rowed with a number of partners before finding the right fit with Gavin. Following John Maclean’s retirement in 2008, Kathryn teamed up with Grant Bailey to win bronze at the 2010 FISA World Rowing Championships in Cambridge, New Zealand.

John returned to the sport in 2011 and together they won two gold medals at the 2011 International Adaptive Regatta in Gavirate, Italy and bronze at the 2011 FISA World Rowing Championships in Bled, Slovenia.

Nonetheless, Gavin and Kathryn made an impressive return to the world stage when they won gold at the 2013, …

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Date of birth
25 June 1981
Past Paralympic Games

Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016

Physical Impairment – Joint fusion (right knee and ankle)
How acquired
Ride-on lawnmower accident
Bruce, ACT
Personal banker
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Winning Australia’s first ever Paralympic rowing medal, a silver in Beijing


  • Sport: Para-rowing Discipline: Mixed double sculls Classification: PR2

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