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interview Katrina gives a TEDx talk (far left), trekking in Nepal (left and below), and in Adelaide (opposite). to empower individuals, teams and businesses through leadership. “I realised I had a gift of being able to connect with people, to help people, and that people liked hearing my story and, as I unpacked my learnings over time, I realised I had a lot to share,” she said. “As a high-level athlete, you master a lot of skills that can take you many places in life. Being an athlete is learning how to put your “I knew if I was going to become a Paralympian, I had to own it; I had to find a way to love my difference." best energy on the table, in terms of what you eat, what you drink, what leadership which inspires the with humanity, to connect on a deep you do, how much sleep you get, greater good, that helps others. level; we interact with entrepreneurs, how you deal with your own mind “It could mean for some people academics, Buddhist leaders, we go … there’s a lot of skills that might they simply smile more and connect into the mountains and connect with not be written out in an academic more with others, it could be choosing mountain men and women, and you PhD but it’s an important skillset.” to donate time to charity.” learn so much.” In addition to Silver to Gold, As well as running leadership Katrina believes the vulnerability Katrina is the director and founder of summits in Australia, Katrina also of her own story about being different Newday, which focusses on “inspired organises leadership programs helps create a space where other leadership for the greater good”. in Nepal. people are happy to open up too. “My number one value in life is helping others,” she said. “Newday is about leaders achieving their personal best “When we go to Nepal, everyone “It’s about waking up to your true disconnects, there are no phones, no nature, coming home to your true run sheets or agendas,” she said. self,” she said. “It’s about being flexible, because “Once that happens you can bring while contributing to the greater when you’re flexible amazing stuff your best every day, contribute to the good for others. It’s not about happens. If you’re too rigid, too tight, greater good, and celebrate life.” your own ego, or getting to the you miss magical moments. It’s about top with lots of money, it’s about taking people away to reconnect interview 21