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Katja Dedekind



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
S13, SB13, SM13

Further personal information

Brisbane, QLD, AUS
Athlete, Student
Higher education
Creative Writing, Publishing - University of the Sunshine Coast: Sippy Downs, QLD, AUS

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 Katja and her twin brother to the sport.
Club / Team
Yeronga Park: Brisbane, QLD, AUS
Name of coach
Kate Sparkes [club, national]; Brendan Burkett [national], AUS

International debut

Competing for

General interest

Reading. (, 28 Feb 2020)
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. (, 01 Sep 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you." (, 01 Jan 2016)
Awards and honours
She was named 2019 Most Improved Athlete of the Year by the Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association in Queensland, Australia. (, 10 Sep 2020)

She took part in the Queen's baton relay ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. (, 21 Nov 2017)

In 2016 she was named Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association 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. (, 01 Sep 2016)
Other sports
She was named Best Defensive Junior Player at the 2012 National Goalball Championships in Melbourne, VIC, Australia. (, 01 Sep 2016)
Her vision impairment is the result of congenital cataracts and amblyopia. She has no vision in her right eye and limited vision in her left eye. (, 09 May 2017;, 01 Sep 2016)
Other information
In February 2022 she was named as part of a four-person Para athlete leadership group for the 2024 Paralympic cycle by Swimming Australia, alongside Lakeisha Patterson, Rowan Crothers and Jesse Aungles. "I am honoured to be a para-athlete leader and am looking forward to playing my part in continuing to make this team great. I feel as a leader we have a greater role to play in bringing our [national team] family together as there are always ways to make our team stronger and better." (, 22 Feb 2022)

In 2015 she received the Dorothea Mackellar Multicultural New South Wales [NSW] Award in Australia for writing the poem 'The Open Door'. (, 01 Sep 2016)


Unit Date Rank
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 400 m Freestyle S13 Heat 2 2016-09-12 3
Women's 400 m Freestyle S13 Final Round 2016-09-12 7
Women's 50 m Freestyle S13 Heat 1 2016-09-14 4
Women's 100 m Freestyle S13 Heat 2 2016-09-16 4
Women's 100 m Backstroke S13 Heat 1 2016-09-17 2
Women's 100 m Backstroke S13 Final Round 2016-09-17 3