Katja Dedekind has been a successful recipient of a Tier 3 Scholarship within the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship & Mentoring Program.
Originally born in South Africa, now an Australian citizen and living on the Sunshine Coast.
Katja Dedekind started taking her training and competitive swimming seriously in 2012 and by 2016 she was selected to represent Australia at her ﬁrst international event, the Rio Paralympics. Not only being one of the youngest members of the 2016 Australian Paralympic team, on her debut Katja won a bronze medal in the Women’s 100m Backstroke (S13) and ﬁnished 7th in the 400m Freestyle (S13).
Competing at the 2018 Para Pan Paciﬁc Championships in Cairns, Katja collected a gold, silver and bronze medal. Following her impressive swims in 2019, she received her fourth Dolphins call up to compete in London at the 2019 World Para Swimming Championships. Katja placed 7th in 100m Backstroke(S13), 50m Freestyle(S13), 100m Freestyle(S13) and 6th in the 4x100m Mixed Freestyle Relay (49pts).
In 2018 Katja was selected as a Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Bearer.
Katja’s determination and hard work has earned her awards during her swimming career, the most recent being ‘Sporting Wheelies 2019 Most Improved Athlete of the Year’.
Katja is now chasing her dream and goal of attending her 2nd Paralympics at the Tokyo Paralympic Games and hopes to represent Australia at the 2022 commonwealth Games, 2022 World Para Swimming Championships and 2024 Paralympic Games.
Katja speaks of her selection within the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship & Mentoring Program: “In receiving the SAHOF Scholarship it gives me great honour to know that I am amongst very successful athletes who have the same goals as me: achieving the best I can. With the support from SAHOF I am now able to be closer to succeeding and surpassing my goals.”
“I would like to congratulate Col, Katja and Brendon on this terrific achievement, we are incredibly proud to have three swimmers selected in the program for 2021.
Both Col and Katja are already valued members of our Dolphins swim team and Brendon is a young swimmer that has shown great potential and they should be thrilled they have been chosen for this honour.
It is fantastic these athletes will also have the opportunity to be mentored by a Sport Australia Hall of Fame member, that sort of guidance from someone who has been at the pinnacle of their sport is priceless.” – Swimming Australia CEO, Leigh Russell
Birth Place: South Africa
Sport: Para Swimming – S13 (Vision Impaired)
Disciplines: 100m backstroke, 50m freestyle, 400m freestyle
First Club: Indooroopilly Swim Club
Current Club: USC Spartans Swim Club
First started: 2012
Snr Int: 6
Snr Nat: 1
Studying: Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing and Publishing)
Awards, Honours & Achievements
- 2020: World Para Series, Melbourne – Gold (Women’s Open Multi-Class 100m Backstroke)
- 2020: World Para Series, Melbourne – Silver (Women’s Open Multi-Class 50m Freestyle)
- 2019: World Para Swimming Championships, London – 6th (100m Backstroke – S13)
- 2019: World Para Swimming Championships, London – 6th (50m & 100m Freestyle)
- 2019: World Para Swimming Championships, London – 6th (Mixed 4x100m Freestyle – 49 pts)
- 2018: Para Pan Paciﬁc Championships, Cairns – Gold (100m Backstroke – S13)
- 2018: Para Pan Paciﬁc Championships, Cairns – Silver (400m Freestyle – S13)
- 2018: Para Pan Paciﬁc Championships, Cairns – Bronze (200m Individual Medley – S13)
- 2016: Paralympic Games, Rio – Bronze and Oceania Record (100m Backstroke – S13)
- 2016: Paralympic Games, Rio – 7th (400m Freestyle – S13)
Last updated 10/09/2020