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PORTER Katrina
Sport Para swimming
NPC Australia   
GenderWomen
Age29
Place of BirthPerth, AUS
Height1.55 m
Weight 52 kg
Human Interest
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]
Senior 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)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
11 2004 100m Freestyle S8 1:20.79
7 2004 400m Freestyle S8 5:35.63
7 2004 100m Breaststroke SB6 1:56.38
5 2008 400m Freestyle S7 5:44.93
1 2008 100m Backstroke S7 1:24.30
7 2008 100m Breaststroke SB6 1:55.08
  2008 50m Butterfly S7  DSQ
  2008 200m Individual Medley SM7  DSQ
7 2012 100m Backstroke S7 1:26.64
Heats 2012 100m Freestyle S7 1:21.95
Heats 2012 50m Freestyle S7 39.14
6 2012 100m Breaststroke SB6 1:54.54
7 2012 400m Freestyle S7 5:41.48
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
4 2006 400m Freestyle S8 5:39.52
4 2006 100m Backstroke S8 1:27.06
3 2006 100m Breaststroke SB6 1:51.07
5 2006 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points 5:00.00
6 2006 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points 5:40.67
9 2006 5km Open Water 1:15:50
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Event Result
3 2009 100m Backstroke S7 1:23.90
2 2009 100m Breaststroke SB6 1:53.40
3 2009 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points 4:37.04