Katherine Downie

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Education Details:

Architecture, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia

Club details:

Perth City Swim Club, Perth, WA

Why did you begin your sport?

Neighbours suggested it to prevent being eaten by sharks.

What is your most memorable sporting achievement?

My first individual medal (bronze - 100 fr) - I had been swimming competitively for 5 years beforehand and it was just nice to finally have pyhsciall proof of my efforts.

Who is your hero / idol, and why? Have you ever met them?

Zhaha Hadid. She was an absolute boss lady who dominated a mostly male oriented career field (Architecture). She overcame many obstacles to reach her goals including a harshly sexist field and her own personal health issues. She was an incredible inspiration and an aesthetic genius. I never met her but I was lucky enough to swim in her London Olympic Pool twice and I got to see the last building she worked on in Dubai.

Who has been the most influential person or people in your career and why?

Rod Bonsack - an absolute legend of WA swimming, introduced me to paralympic swimming. Paul Bruce - Best guy in the coaching business, he brought out the best in me as an athlete and as a person.

Do you have any hobbies away from your sport?

Buildings and fantasy books and the sims