Kath Proudfoot

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Kath Proudfoot
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2016 Australian Paralympic Team portrait of Proudfoot
Personal information
Full nameKatherine Proudfoot
Born21 April 1977 (1977-04-21) (age 41)
Auckland, New Zealand

Kath Proudfoot (born 21 April 1977 in Auckland, New Zealand)[1] is a cerebral palsy athlete from Australia competing mainly in throwing events.[1] She competed in the F36 classification at the 2008, 2012 and the 2016 Summer Paralympics, winning medals at each Game.[2][3] Following a medical review request in early 2017, she now competes in seated throws in the F32 classification.[4] At the 2017 Australian Athletics Championships she threw 7.04m in the Women's Shot Put Secured event, bettering the Women's F32 shot put world record mark of 6.55m.[5]


She studied speech pathology at the University of Newcastle and now works in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory as a speech pathologist.[6] She was identified through the Australian Paralympic Committee’s Talent Search Program when it visited Newcastle, New South Wales and is now based in Canberra where Aaron Holt coaches her.[7]



Proudfoot at the 2012 London Paralympics
Proudfoot at the 2012 London Paralympics

At the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing, China, she won a silver medal in the Women's F35-36 discus throw event as well as competing in the Women's F35/36 shot put. At the 2012 Summer Paralympics Proudfoot participated in the Women's Shot Put F35/F36 and Discus F35/36, winning a bronze medal in the Discus.[8] At the 2016 Rio Paralympics, she won the bronze medal in the Women's Shot Put F36 with a throw of 9.70 m.[2]

IPC Athletics World Championships

She competed at the 2006 IPC Athletics World Championships in Assen, Netherlands winning a silver medal in Women's Shot Put F35-36 and bronze medals in the Women's Discus F35-36/38 and Women's 100m T36.[6] At the 2011 IPC Athletics World Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand she won a bronze medal in the Women's Discus F35-36.[6] At her third IPC Athletics World Championships, Lyon, France in 2013, she won a bronze medals in the Women's Shot Put and Women's Discus F35/36 events.[7][9]

In 2015, she was being coached by Hamish MacDonald.[10]


  1. ^ a b Media Guide Beijing 2008. Sydney: Australian Paralympic Committee. 2008.
  2. ^ a b "Katherine Proudfoot". Rio Paralympics Official site. Archived from the original on 23 September 2016. Retrieved 18 September 2016.
  3. ^ "Australian Paralympic Athletics Team announced". Australian Paralympic Committee News, 2 August 2016. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  4. ^ "World Para Athletics Classification Masterlist - Summer Season 2017 - AUS". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  5. ^ "2017 Australian Athletics Championships - full results" (PDF). Athletics Australia. p. 119.
  6. ^ a b c "Katherine Proudfoot". International Paralympic Committee Athlete Biographies - Australia. Retrieved 23 July 2013.
  7. ^ a b "#IPC13: Medal rush continues for Australian Flame in Lyon". Athletics Australia News. 22 July 2013. Retrieved 22 July 2013.
  8. ^ Results for Katherine Proudfoot from the International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 6 October 2012.
  9. ^ "IPC13: Ballard wins third SILVER". Athletics Australia News. 26 July 2013. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  10. ^ "Paralympian gives back to sport through coaching". Australian Institute of Sport Facebook. Retrieved 27 July 2015.

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