ROXON Katarina < Back  
Sport Para Athletics, Para Swimming
CGA Canada   
Gender Women
Born 05 Apr 1993 in Corner Brook, CAN
Height1.62 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment Congenital
Classification S9, SB8, SM9
Further Personal Information
Languages English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She took up swimming at age five, and began competing in 2001 in Gander, NF, Canada.
Why this sport? Her parents enrolled her in swimming lessons because they thought it was something she needed to learn how to do.
Club / Team Aqua Aces Swim Club: Stephenville, NF, CAN
Name of coach Leonard Roxon [father]
Training Regime She swims six days a week.
International Debut
Year 2006
Competing for Canada
Tournament World Championships
Location Durban, RSA
General Interest
Nicknames Roxy, Kat (Facebook profile, 22 Feb 2021; canadianathletesnow.ca, 12 Dec 2011)
Hobbies Public speaking. (LinkedIn profile, 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement Winning gold in the SB8 100M breaststroke at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (sportmanagementhub.com, 12 Jun 2019; nfldherald.com, 25 Jun 2019)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs She always listens to music to help her get 'pumped up' before a race. (Athlete, 18 Jul 2007)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Winning is not coming first, it's knowing you've done your best." [a quote from her father] (canadianathletesnow.ca, 12 Dec 2011)

"My message to all kids, if they have a disability or not, is that anything is possible, if you dream big, and have determination. This life is their story, and they can make it as great as they want, but it will take hard work, and a lot of heart to reach any dream they desire." (sportmanagementhub.com, 06 Dec 2019)
Awards and honours She has received an Order of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada. (sportmanagementhub.com, 06 Dec 2019)

She was nominated for the 2016 Most Influential Athlete award by the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity. She eventually lost out to rugby sevens player Jen Kish. (thewesternstar.com, 10 Mar 2017)

Following her gold medal performance in the SB8 100m breaststroke at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, a highway near her hometown of Kippens, NF, Canada, was renamed from 'Route 490' to 'Roxon Way' in recognition of her achievement. (sportmanagementhub.com, 06 Dec 2019; cbc.ca, 20 Sep 2016)

She carried the Paralympic torch through St John's, NF, Canada, in the lead up to the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver. (natation.ca, 19 Jul 2010)
Other sports She has previously competed in Para athletics at national level in Canada. In 2010 she won national titles in 100m, 200m and 400m in the T46 category. (cscatlantic.ca, 29 Sep 2010)
Famous relatives Her sister Miranda has competed in able-bodied swimming and worked as a swimming coach at the Mount Pearl Marlins Swim Club in Canada. Both sisters have been coached by their father Leonard Roxon. (Miranda Roxon LinkedIn profile, 01 Jan 2017; Swimming Canada, 22 Jun 2007)
Ambitions To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (thetelegram.com, 08 Sep 2019; nfldherald.com, 25 Jun 2019; rockswim.ca, 01 Feb 2019)
Impairment She was born with amniotic band syndrome, which resulted in her left arm being amputated below the elbow. "Strands from the amniotic sac got tangled around my arm, cutting the circulation, and my arm never grew." (sportmanagementhub.com, 06 Dec 2019, 12 Jun 2019; thetelegram.com, 24 Mar 2015)
Other information REIGNITING THE SPARK
She spent time training in Australia in 2018 and 2019, which she said helped her rediscover her passion for swimming. "I'm falling back in love with the sport again, which is very important. It's been wonderful. I've been training on the Sunshine Coast since August [2018]. I'm loving it here way more than Canada right now, I just don't like the snow." (paralympic.org, 15 Feb 2019)