As one of the youngest members of the 2016 Australian Paralympic Team, Katja Dedekind punched well beyond her weight when she won a bronze medal on debut at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
Born in Durban, South Africa, but raised in the Sunshine State, Katja’s love affair with Para-swimming goes as far back as she can remember. While goalball came and went – at one stage, she trained alongside the Australian women’s team – Para-swimming remained a constant.
And in 2016, those many years of commitment finally began to pay off. At the 2016 Australian Swimming Championships in Adelaide, SA, Katja won a gold medal in the women’s 4x50m freestyle, bronze in the women’s 200m freestyle, and notched fifth place in the women’s 50m backstroke and 50m butterfly.
Having rightfully earned a place on the 2016 Australian Paralympic Team, Katja knew she had to make the most of her first …Read More