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Kate lost her left hand at two-years-old following a freak accident. Aged four, her parents encouraged her to learn to swim; it was a daunting task as Kate was afraid of deep water and struggled to balance with one hand, but she persevered and went on to swim regularly.

Kate never let her disability hold her back, and alongside swimming she also pursued and excelled in other sports. At 10 years old, she competed in her first disability swimming competition. To her surprise, Kate performed well and later qualified for the National Championships. 

In 2002, aged just 13, she was earmarked as a potential Paralympian and went on to represent Great Britain for the next 10 years.

The proudest moment in Kate’s career so far was representing GB at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics. She then went on to win a silver medal in the 100m breaststroke and bronze in the 100m Individual Medley at the World Championships in 2009.

Unfortunately, illness meant Kate missed out on qualifying for the London 2012 Paralympic Games. But she now finds herself working in the media as a sports reporter, and in schools as an athlete mentor - proving that from failure and disappointment you can still find success in other opportunities.

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