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Catherine Callahan

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F57

Further personal information

Family
Son Joshua
Occupation
Veteran
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport in 1983 at age 17 in Missoula, MT, United States of America.
Why this sport?
She enjoyed the way the sport made her feel.

General interest

Nicknames
Kate ["Spelled with a 'K' because it looks stronger and I feel it makes me different from others"]. (Athlete, 08 Feb 2012)
Most influential person in career
Her family. (Athlete, 08 Feb 2012)
Injuries
She tore the long head of her bicep off the shoulder, damaged her labrum, and had a large bone spur removed four weeks prior to the 2011 Parapan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. (Athlete, 08 Feb 2012)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
She likes to wear new socks on the day of competition, usually with the colour yellow on them. (Athlete, 08 Feb 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Live up to the 'USA' written on the shirt like I did in the US Air Force." (Athlete, 08 Feb 2012)
Other sports
She played softball at US Air Force [USAF] level. (Athlete, 08 Feb 2012)
Impairment
She is a person with paraplegia. In 2000 during surgery to reduce fluid on her brain, tendons in her back separated her spine and she was paralysed from the waist down. (Athlete, 08 Feb 2012; pva.org, 2012)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Shot Put F57/58 Final 2011-01-23 8
Women's Javelin F57/58 Final 2011-01-25 7
Women's Discus Throw F57/58 Final 2011-01-29 5
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Shot Put F55-57 Final 1 2013-07-21 4
Women's Discus Throw F57/58 Final 1 2013-07-27 6