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interview Katrina made it to the Australian Institute of Sport as running through the positives and negatives of doing so. a netballer at the age of 18, and “A difficult question for me it was at this elite level that she back then was why did I hate being said “everything was exposed”. different so much?” she said. AIS sports testing uncovered “I knew if I was going to however you want to look at it, in 2000, I had to find a way of getting back to gold,” she said. “Winning gold again in Athens is my all-time favourite moment as an Katrina’s weakness and led to her become a Paralympian, I had to athlete, because going from silver to being diagnosed with cerebral own it; I had to find a way to love gold was such a process for me. palsy. She was approached to my difference. I realised at that switch to Paralympic sport, but point it was too hard to cover it priorities right, my physical process found herself with a psychologist up; it wasn’t working for me and it right, my mindset right. Not running a wasn’t doing any good for others. personal best in Sydney was hard for “I decided to pursue being a me to deal with – your personal best might not be gold, but that’s okay athlete I could.” because it’s your personal best. Not in Atlanta in 1996, Katrina won two gold medals in the 100 metres being at my best in Sydney, on home soil, that was hard. “After eight years, running across and 200 metres, and a silver that finish line in Athens and knowing medal in the long jump. that finally, it was my time … I still have At Sydney in 2000, she won two silver medals in the 100 metres and that amazing feeling now.” Retiring from sport after the 400 metres and a bronze in the Athens Games, Katrina was studying 200 metres. She tasted gold again to be a physiotherapist. However, in Athens in 2004, setting a new advice from a business mentor saw her Paralympic record in the 400 metres. establish her own business while also Katrina said her first gold medals in Atlanta came quickly – she had only been in Paralympic sport for a year. interview “I learned a lot about getting my Paralympian and being the best At her first Paralympic Games 20 “After winning or losing silver, pursuing a career in physiotherapy – a profession she still works in today. She said it was her ‘silver to gold’ Then, as the Paralympic movement moment on the track which led her to grew, so too did her competition. establish her business, Silver to Gold, linkonline.com.au