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Katrina Porter

Swimming
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Biography

Impairment information

Classification
S7, SB6, SM7

Further personal information

Residence
Australia
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Italian, English
Higher education
Commerce - University of Sydney: Australia

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began hydrotherapy sessions for motor development as a child and progressed to competitive swimming at age 10.
Why this sport?
She took up swimming as a form of physiotherapy.
Name of coach
Yuriy Vdovychenko [national]

International debut

Year
2004
Competing for
Australia
Location
Athens

General interest

Nicknames
Kat (Athlete, 29 Apr 2011)
Hobbies
Watching movies, spending time with friends, going to the beach. (paralympic.org.au, 20 Jun 2012)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the S7 100m backstroke at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (paralympic.org.au, 20 Jun 2012)
Hero / Idol
South African swimmer Natalie du Toit. (paralympic.org.au, 20 Jun 2012)
Injuries
She had a serious hip injury in 2011 after slipping while crossing the street. (paralympic.org.au, 20 Jun 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The pain doesn't last forever, but the memories will." (paralympic.org.au, 07 Jan 2010)
Awards and honours
She was presented with the Services to the Australian Swim Team Award by Swimming Australia in 2014. (swimswam.com, 22 Dec 2014)

She received the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2009 in recognition of her gold medal at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (itsanhonour.gov.au, 07 Jan 2010)
Impairment
She was born with arthrogryposis multiplex congenita, a condition that causes muscle weakness and joint stiffness. (paralympic.org.au, 07 Jan 2010)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Athens 2004 Paralympic Games (Athens, Greece)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Freestyle S8 Heat 1 6
Women's 400 m Freestyle S8 Heat 2 3
Women's 400 m Freestyle S8 Final Round 7
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB6 Heat 2 5
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB6 Final Round 7
IPC Swimming World Championships Durban 2006 (Durban, South Africa)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Backstroke S8 Heats 4
Women's 100 m Backstroke S8 Final Round 4
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB6 Final Round 3
Women's 5,000 m Open Water Final Round 9
Women's 4x100 m Medley 34 pts Final Round 6
Women's 4x100 m Freestyle 34 pts Final Round 5
Women's 400 m Freestyle S8 Final Round 4
Women's 400 m Freestyle S8 Heats 3
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 400 m Freestyle S7 Heat 2 2
Women's 400 m Freestyle S7 Final Round 5
Women's 50 m Butterfly S7 Heat 1 9999
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB6 Heat 2 4
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB6 Final Round 7
Women's 100 m Backstroke S7 Heat 1 1
Women's 100 m Backstroke S7 Final Round 1
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM7 Heat 2 9999
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Backstroke S7 Final Round 2012-08-30 7
Women's 100 m Backstroke S7 Heat 2 2012-08-30 3
Women's 100 m Freestyle S7 Heat 2 2012-09-03 7
Women's 50 m Freestyle S7 Heat 1 2012-09-04 7
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB6 Final Round 2012-09-05 6
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB6 Heat 2 2012-09-05 3
Women's 400 m Freestyle S7 Heat 2 2012-09-06 4
Women's 400 m Freestyle S7 Final Round 2012-09-06 7