Katie Kelly was born with retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative condition affecting both her hearing and vision. Not one to let her disability stop her from pursuing her passions, Katie had competed in major marathon events and ocean swims including the New York Marathon prior to being classified in Para-triathlon.
In 2015 Katie was declared legally blind and she wasted no time in contacting Triathlon Australia to kick-start her career in Para-sport. Making her international debut at an ITU World Triathlon Series event on the Sunshine Coast in March 2015, she won gold with guide Michellie Jones, posting a time that ranked them among the top five in the world.
Competing at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, where Para-triathlon made its debut, Katie won Australia’s first ever Paralympic medal in the sport. Crossing in 1:12:18, she and Michellie raced over a minute faster than second-placed Alison Patrick and Hazel Smith to …Read More