For the first time the prestigious Individual Female Performance of the Year Award has been awarded to a Para-athlete and the winner was Katie Kelly! Our founder, Katie made headlines, winning not only the Para-athlete of the Year Award but also the Individual Female Performance of the Year Award.
Katie with Michellie Jones at her side received high honours at the awards night on the Gold Coast. Katie has Usher Syndrome, a degenerative condition affecting both her hearing and vision and was declared legally blind in 2015.
Since then she has gone from strength to strength, winning Gold at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
This followed her previous success at an ITU World Triathlon Series event on the Sunshine Coast in 2015 where she won gold with guide Michellie Jones.
Described by Triathlon Australia as "Paralympic golden girl Katie Kelly, with legendary guide Michellie Jones", the duo certainly seem to have the golden touch.
Chatting with 7 News, Katie spoke about the public's admiration for para-athletes like herself;
I think what is wonderful is the recognition of para athletes, it is becoming mainstream and we are getting more recognised for our athletic abilities.
You catch watch the short interview as well as the full article on Triathlon Australia's website below.
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