Katie Kelly was born with Usher Syndrome, 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 …

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Date of birth
6 February 1975
Sport
Para-triathlon
Past Paralympic Games

Rio 2016

Impairment
Vision Impairment – Retinitis pigmentosa
How acquired
Hereditary
Residence
Newcastle, NSW
Occupation
Marketing manager at the APC
First competed for Australia
2015
Sport career highlights

Winning gold on debut at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Greatest sporting moments

Working with the Melbourne Storm the year of their first premiership

Heroes/role models

Her parents and siblings, and Julia Gillard

Disciplines

  • Sport: Para-triathlon Classification: PTVI B3

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