I still can’t help but smile when I think about that incredible moment when I won Australia’s first the gold medal in Paratriathlon at the Rio 2016 Paralympics.
But now, it's a new goal. Tokyo 2020. And so my long journey has started. To get there I’ve got a super coach in Dan Atkins, and a new Guide, Briarna Silk.
To compete against the best means a new tandem bike, being made in California, at a cost of $26,000.
Many of you who helped me with my first tandem which will be donated in time to a sports museum with the names of all contributors. Now I need to raise the $26,000 for the new tandem.
So I‘m humbly asking for your support again.
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. Together they would also win the 2015 and 2017 World Championships.
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.
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.
Thank you for your support, in any capacity, it is valued and appreciated.
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