Katja Dedekind - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Katja Dedekind

Career highlights

  • Gained selection on her first senior team for the Rio Paralympic Games and won her first international medal 

Australian Representation and results

  • 2019 World Para Championships — 6th place 100m backstroke, 6th place 100m freestyle, 6th place Mixed 4x100m freestyle relay, 7th place 50m freestyle 
  • 2018 Pan Pacific Para Championships — gold medallist 100 backstroke, silver medallist 400m freestyle, bronze medallist 200m IM
  • 2016 Paralympic Games — bronze medallist 100m backstroke, 7th place 400m freestyle


Originally born in South Africa but now living on the Sunshine Coast, Katja 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 100m Backstroke (S13) and made it to the final of the 400m freestyle. Competing at the Pan Pacific Para Championships in Cairns last year, Katja collected a gold, silver and bronze medal. Following her impressive swims into 2019, her selection on the 2019 World Para Swimming team marked Katja's fourth Dolphins call up.