About Katie Kelly

Thank you for visiting my fundraising page.

I am a Paratriathlete competing as a Vision Impaired (PT5) Paratriathlete on the International Triathlon Union (ITU) race series to qualify for the 2018 World Championships. After winning the Gold medal where Paratriathlon made its debut at the 2016 Rio Paralympics with Michellie Jones as my Guide, I am now training preparing for the 2018 World Championships (September) on the Gold Coast under Triathlon Australia High Performance Coach Dan Atkins.

Katie Kelly

- 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 - Devenport, 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

I 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 I need your help

Any contribution you can make will help me to continue to train for the World Championships:

• Help to cover costs of training camps 

• Contribute to travel expenses; and

• Support with medical and health costs to help guarantee that I am in the best physical position to gain selection.

Other ways you can help

There are lots of other ways you can support me. Any help you can provide is truly appreciated. Some ways you can help are:

• Follow me on Facebook Instagram Twitter

• Attend or organise events as supporters

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

Your support, in any capacity, is valued and appreciated.

Recent coverage:

Daily Telegraph - 16 Sep - Paralympic champ claims 2017 World title

Edmonton Sun - 29 Jul - Australian Paratriathlete Katie Kelly

Daily Telegraph - 30 Jul - Katie Kelly and Michellie Jones reunite for Triathlon race 

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 with 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

Awarded OAM Australia Day 2017 - 26 Jan - Governor General Office

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

ABC News - post Rio - 12 Sep - Race results

Canberra Times - post Rio - 22 Sep - Welcome home

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

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 - Katie talks to Amanda Shalala after 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


Sport Access Foundation - Founder and Director

Royal Deaf Blind Institute for Children - Ambassador

Usher Kids Australia - Supporter

Deaf Sports Australia - Board Member

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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