Katrina Porter

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Katrina Porter
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2012 Australian Paralympic Team portrait of Porter
Personal information
Full name Katrina Porter
Nationality  Australia
Born (1988-11-29) 29 November 1988 (age 29)
Perth, Western Australia
Height 1.55 m (5 ft 1 in)
Weight 52 kg (115 lb)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke
Classifications S7, SB6, SM7

Katrina Porter, OAM[1] (born 29 November 1988)[2] is an Australian Paralympic swimmer. She was born in Perth with arthrogryposis multiplex congenita, a condition that causes muscle weakness and joint stiffness.[3] She used hydrotherapy as a child and moved to competitive swimming at the age of ten.[3]

Porter at the 2012 London Paralympics

She competed in three events but did not win any medals in the 2004 Athens Games.[4] At the 2006 IPC Swimming World Championships in Durban, South Africa, she won a bronze medal in the Women's 100m Breaststroke SB6. At the 2008 Beijing Games, she competed in five events and won a gold medal in the Women's 100 m Backstroke S7 event in a world record,[4] for which she received a Medal of the Order of Australia.[1]

She has been an Australian Institute of Sport paralympic swimming scholarship holder.[5] She is a Western Australian Institute of Sport scholarship holder.[6]

In 2010, she was a finalist for the Western Australia Young Australian of the Year award.[7] In 2011, she was named the Western Australian Multi Class Swimmer of the Year.[6] Her ex partner Michael Hartnett has represented Australia in wheelchair basketball.[3]

She competed at the 2012 Summer Paralympics.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b "Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM)". ABC News. 27 January 2009. Retrieved 30 December 2011. 
  2. ^ Australian Paralympic Committee (2008). Media guide : 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games. Sydney, Australia: Australian Paralympic Committee. 
  3. ^ a b c "Katrina Porter Profile". IPC Swimming Website. International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 13 March 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Athlete Search Results". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 4 February 2012. 
  5. ^ "AIS Roll of Honour for the Paralympics". Australian Sports Commission Website. Archived from the original on 23 February 2012. Retrieved 13 March 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Evans Crowned WA Swimmer of the Year". WAIS News, 20 June 2011. Western Australian Institute of Sport. Retrieved 13 March 2012. 
  7. ^ "Biographies of the State and Territory finalists 2010". Australian of the Year Website. Archived from the original on 29 February 2012. Retrieved 13 March 2012. 

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