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DEDEKIND Katja
Sport Para swimming
NPC Australia   
GenderWomen
Age17
Place of BirthDurban, RSA
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S13, SB13, SM13
Further Personal Information
Residence
Australia
Occupation
Student
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She was introduced to swimming at an early age, and began competing in 2012.
Why this sport?
Her mother introduced her and her twin brother to swimming. She attended every training session hoping to one day be able to swim like a dolphin.
Club / Team
UQ Swim Club: Australia
Name of coach
David Heyden [club], AUS
Senior International Debut
Year
2016
Competing for
Australia
General Interest
Hobbies
Reading, listening to music, watching movies, writing poetry. (paralympic.org.au, Sep 2016)
Most influential person in career
Her mother. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2017)
Hero / Idol
Australian swimmers Cate Campbell and Bronte Campbell, Australian goalball players Meica Horsburgh and Nicole Esdaile. (paralympic.org.au, Sep 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you." (sportingdreams.org.au, 2016)
Awards and honours
In 2016 she was named Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association Queensland's Junior Female Athlete of the Year. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2017)

She was named Swimmer of the Meet at the 2015 Swimming Queensland Sprint Championships in Brisbane, QLD, Australia. (paralympic.org.au, Sep 2016)
Other sports
She was named Best Defensive Junior Player at the 2012 National Goalball Championships in Melbourne, VIC, Australia. (paralympic.org.au, Sep 2016)
Impairment
Her visual impairment is the result of congenital cataracts and amblyopia. She has no vision in her right eye and limited vision in her left eye. (couriermail.com.au, 09 May 2017; paralympic.org.au, Sep 2016)
Other information
POET
In 2015 she was selected to receive the Dorothea Mackellar Multicultural NSW Award in Australia for writing the poem 'The Open Door'. (paralympic.org.au, Sep 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
7 2016 400m Freestyle S13 4:50.43 
Heats 2016 50m Freestyle S13 28.97
14 2016 100m Freestyle S13 1:04.59 
3 2016 100m Backstroke S13 1:12.25