Katie Kelly OAM (BA, MBus) is an Australian Paralympic Gold Medallist and had the honour of winning Australia’s first medal at the Rio 2016 Paralympics where Paratriathlon made its debut. She has also won two World Championships in her class of Vision Impaired and was also the first female para-triathlete to win Triathlon Australia's female athlete of the year award.
Katie has extensive experience in sport working in senior marketing and consumer roles across national sporting organisations, sporting events and venues and government organisations.
She has the unique perspective of working professionally in sport as well as experiencing and competing as an elite athlete from 2015 when she was first selected on Triathlon Australia's high performance Paratriathlon program for Rio 2016 Paralympics and she is now working towards qualification at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.
Living with a disability known as Usher Syndrome (Deaf/Blind), Katie provides insightful experiences of the challenges of disability both in the work place and in sport. She is passionate about promoting inclusiveness for all Australians to access sport, and has always had a particular interest in promoting sport for women and young girls, and for those living with a disability.
She has worked in roles with Tabcorp, ANZ Stadium, Melbourne Storm and NT Government. She has held a number of community roles assisting the Australian Blind Cricket team, Australian Deaflympic Team, and is on the Board of Deaf Sports Australia. Katie is also a proud Ambassador for the Royal Deaf Blind Institute for Children and Usher Kids Australia.
Her proudest work is establishing Sport Access Foundation in 2017, a registered listed charity. Sport Access Foundation aims to improve access for children with a disability to play sport. The foundation's major partner BlueScope has been a critical partner in developing the foundation's two key areas of providing grants and developing a research program.
Katie has always been a strong advocate for how sport develops our sense of self and belonging, as well as its capacity to help us achieve a healthier and happier community.
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