Katie Kelly is one of Australia’s most distinguished Para-triathletes.

Just weeks after she was declared legally blind, Katie made her international debut in Para-triathlon at the 2015 International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Para-triathlon Event on the Sunshine Coast, QLD. Together with her sighted guide, Olympic silver medallist Michellie Jones, Katie won a gold medal in the women’s PT5. The duo finished more than eight minutes ahead of the silver medallists, and raced so quickly that they were catapulted into the top five in the world.

Katie made her Paralympic debut the following year at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, where Para-triathlon also made its debut, and won Australia’s first Paralympic medal in the sport. She and Michellie crossed the line in 1:12:18, more than a minute ahead of Great Britain’s Alison Patrick and Hazel Smith, to win gold. It came as no surprise, then, when Katie was named as a …

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Date of birth
6 February 1975
Past Paralympic Games

Rio 2016, Tokyo 2020

Vision impairment
How acquired
Gold Coast, QLD
Managing director
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Completing the Port Macquarie Ironman

Greatest sporting moments

Being the Melbourne Storm’s Membership Manager during the 1999 NRL Grand Final

Heroes/role models

Her parents and siblings, Julia Gillard

Favourite quote
We are but travellers here - Mary MacKillop


  • Sport: Para-triathlon Classification: PTVI

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