Champion Paratriathlete Katie Kelly is on the Road to Rio

19/08/16
Katie Kelly and Michellie Jones pictured at the finishing line after winning the Yokohama World Paratriathlon event

We are delighted to have champion Australian Paratriathlete Katie Kelly on board as an RIDBC Ambassador and we would like to wish her the very best of luck as she sets off to fulfil her Paraylmpic dream in Rio de Janeiro.  

Katie has been raising funds for RIDBC for over 20 years, with the most significant when herself and over 20 friends and family joined forces to do the RIDBC swimathon.  Katie swam a PB distance of 9.4km.

Katie was born with moderate hearing loss. In her twenties she was diagnosed with Usher Syndrome, a degenerative eye sight and hearing condition.

Katie has only recently come to compete as a PT5 athlete as she was formally classified in this division after her eye sight had deteriorated to a legally blind status. Katie resides in Canberra and trains under Head Coach of the Australian Paratriathlon team Corey Bacon.

From February 2015, Katie gained selection on Triathlon Australia's elite Paratriathlon program. Katie went onto win the Paratriathlon PT5 (Vision Impaired) World Championships in September 2015 with Olympic medallist Michellie Jones as her Guide.

Katie and Michellie are now on their way to compete in the 2016 Rio Paralympics, where Paratriathlon will make its debut. This newest sport to the Paralympics consists of a 750m swim, 20km bike ride and a 5km run.

Katie has been actively involved in the sports industry both in her career and pro bono work for over 15 years working with premier Australian companies as the NRL, ANZ Stadium and Tabcorp. She also worked on contract with the NT Government's Sport and Recreation. 

Katie has a deep commitment to projects that promote healthier lifestyles, particularly access to sports for children with a disability. She would also like to see more progression on the social development of children with a disability in the indigenous communities.

Away from work, Katie initiated the establishment of two professional Fun Runs as part of the RunNSW series. This was a lifelong goal to see her hometowns of Casino and Armidale with their own Fun Runs, and thus facilitating healthier lifestyles. She was also involved in setting up the Darwin park run and played a part in the development of parkrun in Armidale.

Katie has served on the Armidale Council Disability Committee and worked as Media Officer for the Australian Blind Cricket Team and the Australian Deaflympic Team. 

Katie is a Board Member of Deaf Sports Australia and is passionate about the delivery of their programs including Active Deaf Kids program. She is also working to set up the ‘Sport Access Foundation’, which will primarily serve to remove any barriers for children with a disability to play sport.