Katy Parrish

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Katy Parrish
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2012 Australian Paralympic Team portrait of Parrish
Personal information
Nationality Australia
Born (1991-07-04) 4 July 1991 (age 26)
Sport
Country Australia
Sport Athletics

Katherine 'Katy' Parrish (born 4 July 1991) is an Australian athletics competitor. She was selected to represent Australia at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in athletics in the 4x100 metre relay, 100 metres, 200 metres and long jump events. She did not medal at the 2012 Games.

Personal[edit]

Parrish was born on 4 July 1991[1] in Adelaide, South Australia.[2][3] but calls South Yarra, Victoria her hometown.[2][4] She has cerebral palsy that affects the left side of her body.[1][2] She was diagnosed with the condition when she was three years old.[2] She has three older brothers.[1][2] While in school, she tried a number of sports including netball, water polo, touch football and knee boarding.[1] As of 2012, she is a part-time nanny.[2]

Athletics[edit]

Parrish at the 2012 London Paralympics
Parrish at the 2012 London Paralympics
Parrish at the 2012 London Paralympics

Parrish is a T38 classified athletics competitor who specialises in the 100 metres, 200 metres and the long jump.[1][5] In 2008, she had a scholarship with the Australian Institute of Sport.[6] As of 2012, she has a scholarship with the Victorian Institute of Sport,[2][7] and trains with Tim Matthews in Melbourne, Victoria.[1][2]

Parrish started competing in 2006, following an Adelaide-based Australian Paralympic talent search event.[1][2] She first represented Australia at the 2007 Arafura Games, where she won a gold medal in the 100 metre event and another gold medal in the 200 metre event.[1] She set national records in the 100 metre and 200 metre events for Australia at the 2008 Australian National Championships.[1] She represented Australia at the 2008 Summer Paralympics,[3][6][8] making the finals in the 100 metre and 200 metre events.[1] She finished eighth overall in the 100 metres and fifth overall in the 200 metres event.[1][9][10] At the 2011 Arafura Games, she finished second in the Women Long Jump Ambulant event with a distance of 3.98 metres,[2][11] and earned two gold medals.[2] She competed in the 2012 Australian Athletics Championships.[5] With a jump of 4.35 metres, she won the long jump event.[5] She was selected to represent Australia at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in athletics in the 4x100 metre relay, 100 metres, 200 metres and long jump events.[1][2][4][12][13] She did not medal at the 2012 Games.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Katy Parrish | APC Corporate". Australia: Australian Paralympic Committee. 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-07-12. Retrieved 2012-07-13. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "My Voice: Paralympic Athlete Katy Parrish". Melbourne Weekly. Retrieved 2012-07-24. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ a b "Aussie Paralympic athletics squad named". Nine MSN. Archived from the original on 2015-04-02. Retrieved 2012-07-13. 
  4. ^ a b Chris Dutton (2012-06-06). "Canberra's Paralympic athletes aim for Games glory". Australian Capital Territory: Canberra Times. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  5. ^ a b c "World Records Fall at Australian Athletics Championships | IPC". International Paralympic Committee. 2012-07-20. Retrieved 2012-07-24. 
  6. ^ a b "AIS Athletes at the Beijing Paralympic Games". Australian Sports Commission. 2008-07-29. Archived from the original on 2012-03-28. Retrieved 2012-07-24. 
  7. ^ "Victorian Athletes Selected for London Olympics and Paralympics". VicSport. Retrieved 2012-07-24. 
  8. ^ Andrew McGarry. "Francis bolts clear to 200m glory". ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 2012-07-24. 
  9. ^ Olivia McGrath (2008-09-13). "Aussies sprint to golden track trifecta". ABC Grandstand Sport — ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 2012-07-24. 
  10. ^ McGarry, Andrew (2008-09-13). "Last dip effort wins Smith bronze - 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games". ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 2012-07-24. 
  11. ^ "ARAFURA GAMES RESULTS". Northern Territory News. Darwin, Australia. 12 May 2011. p. 28. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  12. ^ "Walters sprints for London — Teenager set for Paralympics debut". Canberra Times. Canberra, Australia. 7 June 2012. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  13. ^ "The Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) announced the athletics team for the London 2012 Paralympic Games at the Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre today, during the team's final training camp on home soil before the Games begin on 29 August". 2XU. Retrieved 2012-07-24.