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.Read More
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.
In The Pool
Pan Pacific Para Championships
Get to know Katja
- What's your favourite swimming memory?
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- What are your hobbies away from swimming?
- What's something interesting about you that most people don't know?
Winning a bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Paralympics.
I'm not too fussy - whatever is on Spotify!
I like reading when I'm not swimming.
I have a twin brother but we look nothing alike!