21February 2018


Member for Curtin Julie Bishop MP met with young sportswoman and Curtin local, Katrina Porter OAM, at Cottesloe Beach on Friday 16 February.

After 12 years of representing Australia in the Paralympic Swimming Team, Katrina has chosen to pursue her love of open water swimming and will undertake her first solo Rottnest Channel Swim on Saturday 24 February.

“The Rottnest Channel Swim is one of my favourite local sporting events and I was delighted to hear about Katrina’s first solo crossing,”

“We discussed her training program and her preparations both in and out of the water. I was in awe of her dedication and enthusiasm for the sport.” Minister Bishop said.

Katrina started competitive swimming at the age of 10 after initially taking up swimming to assist with her physical disability, Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita. She went on to compete at the 2004 Athens Paralmpic Games, 2008 Beijing Paralympics and 2012 London Paralympics. It was in Beijing that she won Gold in the 100m backstroke s7, breaking the World Record in the heat and final.

“Katrina has already achieved so much in her relatively short career and is a superb role model for young Australians” Minister Bishop said.

“I wish Katrina and all 2018 Rottnest Channel Swim participants, all the very best for Saturday’s event.”