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Katja Dedekind

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“Swim fast and swim free.”

Age
18
CLUB
USC Spartans
Coach
Nathan Doyle
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Katja Dedekind

Achievements

Originally born in South Africa but now living on the Sunshine Coast, Dedekind took up swimming at an early age with her twin brother. The 18-year-old started taking her training seriously in 2012 and by 2016, had been selected to represent Australia at her first international event – the Rio Paralympics. On her debut she managed to snare a bronze medal in the Women’s 100m Backstroke (S13) and made it to the final of the 400m freestyle. Competing at the Para Pan Pacs in Cairns last year, Dedekind collected a gold, silver and bronze medal. Following her impressive swims into 2019, her selection on the 2019 World Para Swimming team marked Dedekind’s fourth Dolphins call up.

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Paralympic Games

Rio, Brazil 2016

  • Won bronze in the Women’s 100m Backstroke (S13)
  • Placed 7th in the Women’s 400m Freestyle (S13)

Para Pan Pacific Championships

Cairns, Australia 2018

  • Won gold in the Women’s 100m Backstroke (S13)
  • Won silver in the Women’s 400m Freestyle (S13)
  • Won bronze in the Women’s 200m Individual Medley (SM13)

World Para Swimming Championships

London, England 2019

  • Placed 6th in the Women’s 100m Backstroke (S13)
  • Placed 6th in the Women’s 100m Freestyle (S13)
  • Placed 6th in the Mixed 4x100m Freestyle (49 points)
  • Placed 7th in the Women’s 50m Freestyle (S13)

Dedekind was also selected to compete at the 2017 World Para Swimming Championships in Mexico City, however due to a deadly earthquake a week out from the start date, the Australian team pulled out of the postponed event.

Katja Dedekind

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