Kate lost her left hand an accident when she was 2 years old. At the age of 4 her parents encouraged her to learn to swim; it was a daunting task for Kate who was afraid of deep water and struggled to balance with one hand but she persevered and went on to swim regularly at her local club.

Kate never let her disability hold her back, and alongside club swimming she also pursued a number of other sports including netball, athletics, tennis and horse riding. At the age of 10 she was offered the chance to compete in her first disability swimming competition. To her surprise, Kate did well at the competition and she went on to qualify for the National Championships. 

In 2002, aged just 13, Kate was earmarked as a potential Paralympian and she has been representing Great Britain ever since. Kate's proudest moment in her career so far was representing GB at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics where she came 5th in the 100m Breaststroke S9 category. Kate then went on to win a silver medal in the 100m breaststroke and a bronze in the 100m I.M at the World Championships in Rio 2009.

Kate came agonisingly close to qualifying for the London 2012 Paralympics, but due to unfortunate timing of illness Kate missed out by the tiniest of margins. However she still has the hunger to achieve her dream of winning a Paralympic medal and will continue on in the hopes of competing at the Paralympic Games in Rio 2016.

What Kate says about Us Girls

“The projects that ‘Us girls’ provide for young girls can really make a difference; The issues that they address within the projects such as self confidence and body image are issues that I can really relate to and have experienced throughout my life as a girl and an elite athlete. Taking part in physical activity can help you discover your full potential and more importantly have fun”

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