Born into a family of sporting stars, Katrina Webb was born with natural athleticism. By age 18, she had already secured a netball scholarship at The Australian Institute of Sport. While training at the Institute of Sport, Katrina discovered that she had a weakness in her right-hand side, which turned out to be a case of Cerebral Palsy. Despite this, a twist of fate presented a previously unseen opportunity: Katrina was now eligible for the Paralympic Games. Her weakness had become her greatest strength.
Over the years Katrina had tried to conceal her disability so making the decision to compete at the very public Paralympics was not easy. In time, through self-acceptance and determination, she tackled her disability head on. This decision paid off when she won two gold medals and a silver in Atlanta (1996) and went on to win a silver and bronze medal in Sydney (2000).
While Katrina had a successful Paralympics in Sydney, her competitive spirit left her with the desire to win gold again. In the four years between the Sydney and Athens Paralympics, Katrina mastered the alchemy of performance with a clear focus on developing the mind-set and behaviour to turn her dream into reality. At the Athens Paralympics in 2004, she won another gold medal in the 400-metre sprint and set a new Paralympic record.
Today, Katrina is the founding Director of Silver 2 Gold High-Performance Solutions. As a professional speaker, she has impressed audiences at an international level, including the United Nations International Year of Sport in New York (2006).
Given her own experience in managing a disability and having the desire to help others, Katrina is also a passionate humanitarian. She currently organises leadership treks to Nepal – including to Everest Basecamp – while raising funds for the health, education and protection of children in Nepal.