About the project

Thank you for visiting Katie Kelly's Australian Sports Foundation donation page.

Katie Kelly competes as a Vision Impaired (PTVI) Paratriathlete on the International Triathlon Union (ITU) Paratriathlon race series. Katie won Australia's first medal in Paratriathlon where the sport made its debut at the 2016 Rio Paralympics with Michellie Jones as her Guide. She won the World Championships with Michellie Jones as her Guide in 2015 and 2017. More recently she finished third at the 2018 World Championships on the Gold Coast with Guide Holly Grice. Katie is now training for the 2019 World Championships (September) in Lausanne and trains under Triathlon Australia High Performance Coach Dan Atkins. Katie's Guides in the lead up to Tokyo 2020 are Holly Grice and Briana Silk.

Donations of $2 and more via the Australian Sports Foundation are tax deductible. 

Katie Kelly

- Sep 2018 - World Championships - Gold Coast, Queensland - 3rd

- Aug 2018 - World Cup - Lausanne, Switzerland - 1st

- Feb 2018 - World Cup - Devonport, Tasmania - 1st

- Sep 2017 - World Championships - Rotterdam, Netherlands - 1st

- Jul 2017 - World Paratriathlon Series - Edmonton, Canada - 1st

- Sep 2016 - Rio Paralympics - Brazil - Gold

- Jan 2016 - National Championships - Robina, QLD - 1st

- Feb 2016 - Oceania Championships - Devonport, TAS - 1st

- Sep 2015 - World Championships - Chicago, USA - 1st

- Jul 2015 - World Paratriathlon Event - Iseo, Italy - 1st

- May 2015 - World Paratriathlon Event - Yokohama, Japan - 1st

- Mar 2015 - National Championships - Redcliffe, QLD - 1st

Paratriathlon is a multidisciplinary endurance sport that consists of a 750m swim; 20km bike ride and a 5km run. For the race as a Vision Impaired athlete I compete with a Guide. The athlete and guide are tethered for the swim, ride on a tandem bike and are tethered again for the run. 

Usher Syndrome

Katie Kelly was born with Usher Syndrome, a rare deaf and blind degenerative condition. Usher Syndrome is a genetic disorder. The symptoms and signs of Usher Syndrome generally include:

• Hearing loss leading to deafness

• Loss of vision leading to blindness

• Balance problems

• There is no cure.

Why Katie needs your help

As the sport of Paratriathlon evolves, so too does the cost of equipment and training. Katie's cost mostly relate to the ability to train regularly with her Guides. To compete with the best in the world, we need to upgrade our Tandem bike. Donations received as of 1 October 2018 will go towards the cost of funding the purchase and build of a new Tandem bike, estimated to be upwards of $20,000.

Other ways you can help

• Follow Katie on her website Facebook Instagram Twitter

• Attend or organise events as supporters

• Support Katie's Foundation, Sport Access Foundation, providing grants for children with a disability to play sport. Visit www.sportaccessfoundation.org.au

By donating to Katie via this Australian Sports Foundation portal, all donations of $2 or more will receive a tax deductible receipt.

Thank you for your support, in any capacity, it is valued and appreciated.

Recent coverage:

NT News - Sport Access Foundation lends a helping hand - 25 September

ABC Radio Darwin Drive - Announcing Sport Access Foundation latest grant winners (audio) - 25 September

News.com.au - Third World Championships (video) - 16 September

Gold Coast Bulletin - Sports feature - 15 September

ABC Gold Coast Breakie Saturday with Julie Clift - 8 September

ABC Gold Coast Breakie - 4 September

Katie Kelly website - 6 September - new website launched

Sport Access Foundation - 28 August - World Cup win in Lausanne

Paralympic.org - 15 July - World Championships on home soil

Sport Access Foundation - Leading the way helping young Australians with disability access sport

International Triathlon Union - 8 Mar - Celebrating International Women's Day

Gold Coast Bulletin - 17 Feb - World Cup Paratriathlon Championships Devonport

The Advocate - 18 Feb - Paratriathlon Photo Gallery

The Advocate - 18 Feb - Aussies shine at Devonport

Gold Coast Bulletin - 17 Feb - World Cup Paratriathlon Championships Devonport

Channel 7 Gold Coast - 13 Feb - Nomination for the Gold Coast Sports Awards

Australian Deaf Games - 14 Jan - Triathlon debuts at Australian Deaf Games


Sport Access Foundation - 16 Sep - Paralympic champ claims second World title

Edmonton Sun - 29 Jul - Australian Paratriathlete Katie Kelly

Daily Telegraph - 29 Jul - Rio Paralympic Champs claim Worlds

Advocate - 17 Mar - Oceania showcase top Australia Paratriathletes 

This Sporting Wife podcast - 13 Mar - Australian Paratriathlete

ABC Breakfast TV with Paul Kennedy - 17 Feb - Sir Roden Cutler Awardee

ABC National Chris Bath - 16 Feb - The Primary Club of Australia announce Sir Roden Cutler Award

The Primary Club of Australia - 16 Feb - Katie Kelly named Sir Roden Cutler Awardee

Vision Australia 5RPH with Peter Greco - 28 Jan - Talking Vision Sport 

Triathlon Australia - 26 Jan - Australia Day Honours Award

The Roar - 26 Jan - Australia Day Honours

Sport Access Foundation - 24 Jan - Rio Gold Medalist launches Sport Access Foundation

Gold Bulletin - 18 Jan - Rio Paratriathletes take on Nationals

Australian Paralympic Committee - 19 Jan - Katie Kelly and Michellie Jones first race post Rio


The Daily Edition Ch7 - 23 Sep

Canberra Times - post Rio - 22 Sep - Welcome home

BBC World - 12 Sep - with Tulsen Tollett

ABC News - post Rio - 12 Sep - Race results

Channel 7 - post Rio - 12 Sep - Johanna Griggs interview

SMH Fairfax - 12 Sep - Australia's first gold medal in Paratriathlon

The Australian - 12 Sep - Kelly win Australia's first Paratriathlon medal

Mashable.com - 14 July - How Tech is helping a visually impaired paratriathlete

Triathlon Australia video - 8 July - Rio training camp with Kate Doughty

News.com.au - 30 May - Katie Kelly hoping to make big impressions

Canberra Times - 18 May - Katie Kelly wants to be inspiration

Magnetite - retrofit windows - 20 Feb - Magnetitie supports Katie on her Road to Rio

ABC Grandstand Radio - 19 Feb - Karen Tighe interview

World Triathlon - 18 Feb - Important year ahead for Katie Kelly

Vision Australia 5RPH - 1 Feb - Talking Vision with Katie Kelly

Harvey Norman video - 15 Jan - Supporting Paralympics Parathon


ABC Radio New England - 20 Nov - Katie talks to New England Sports

ABC Sport News - 4 Nov 2015 - Paratriathlete in camp for Rio

Sun Herald - 24 Oct 2015 - Katie teams up with the legend of triathlon Michellie Jones

ABC Grandstand Ladies Lounge - 24 Sep 2015 - 2015 Chicago World Champ win

ABC Radio New England - 21 Sep 2015 - Katie talks after returning from Chicago World Champs

Triathlon Australia - 18 Sep 2015 - Katie after World Championship win

Bob Babbitt - 17 Sep 2015 - Katie is interviewed by Bob Babbitt alongside Michellie Jones

Canberra Times - 2 Jun 2015 Katie Kelly's rapid rise towards Rio

Newcastle Herald - 16 Jul 2015 - Falling sight won't stop Katie

NT News - 23 May 2015 - Rio Target for Katie Kelly

AIS and BlueScope Steel - Supporting AIS female athletes with business leaders

ABC Grandstand TV - 30 May 2015 - Profile by Amanda Shalala on ABC TV

Ambassador Roles

Sport Access Foundation - Founder and Director

Royal Deaf Blind Institute for Children - Ambassador

Usher Kids Australia - Ambassador

Deaf Sports Australia - Board Member


Awarded OAM Australia Day, 2017

Triathlete of the Year - Triathlon Australia, 2017

Sir Roden Cutler Award - The Primary Club of Australia, 2017

Deaf Sports Achievement of the Year - 2016, 2017

Sport Access Foundation + Speaking Engagements + Other

Mylan - All making a difference in health

The PICA Group - Katie shares her story at the Innovate Win conference

blueseventy Global - All for the Swim with blueseventy

Bond University - Bond Uni Sports Awards Night - Panel with Daniel Kowalski

Polar Global - Embracing challenges with Polar

SWS Lawyers - An evening with Paralympian Katie Kelly and Olympian Scott Westcott

My Gold Coast Physio - Katie shares the story of Sport Access Foundation

Harvey Norman - A bright future for Women in Sport

Challenge Athlete Foundation - Sharing the Paralypmic Journey in New York

Griffith University - Griffith Uni Alumni's shine at Rio Paralympics

Magnetite Retrofit Windows - Supporting Katie and Sport Access Foundation

Change the Game - Leadership AIS female athletes with BlueScope executives

Human Synergistics - The Embodiment of Achievement Style

Zoggs Australia - Swimming with Zoggs Australia

Thank you very much for your time and support.

  • Brett Armstrong

    Congratulations Katie on your awesome achievement at the Olympics. Katie thanks for taking the time to visit regional Queensland.

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