Kate Doughty, the Paralympic dream and the Mint

Kate Doughty
Portrait photograph taken at team processing session for shadow members of 2016 Australian Paralympic team
Photo: Australian Paralympic Committee (CC BY-SA 3.0)

With the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games fast approaching, the Royal Australian Mint (the Mint) has announced that it has partnered with the Australian Paralympic Committee to support the team heading to Rio and help create awareness among the general public.

To help share the Paralympic dream, the Mint has also unveiled its ambassador – paratriathlon champion Kate Doughty.

Kate Doughty will be the official 2016 Australian Paralympic Team Coin Program Ambassador.  To celebrate the courage, determination and inspiration shown by the athletes, Kate will join the Mint on the road to Rio to share her story as she prepares to compete for gold.

Kate showed determination from a young age. Born without a right hand, Kate played violin and competed in Equestrian at World Championship level. Later, with an unwavering ‘can do’ attitude, Kate transitioned successfully into a paratriathlete in 2014 and has already made it into the top three ITU World Paratriathlon rankings. Kate has set her eyes on winning gold at Rio and the Royal Australian Mint is proud to share Kate’s journey with you.

Kate DoughtyCEO Ross MacDiarmid said that the Mint is proud to support Australia’s gifted athletes on the Road to Rio and looks forward to sharing the unique stories and achievements with Australia.

“The Royal Australian Mint has a long-standing tradition of celebrating our nation’s greatest achievements and we are proud to be assisting the Australian Paralympic Team on their journey to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games,” said Mr MacDiarmid.

“We are so pleased to be working with Kate Doughty as she perfectly demonstrates the drive and commitment it takes to overcome hurdles to reach her dreams – Kate’s story is outstanding and we look forward to sharing it and other Australian Paralympic milestones with Australia.”

“The APC is delighted to welcome the Mint as a Major Partner of the Paralympic Team. The Rio Games will see our athletes receive the greatest levels of support and exposure. We are incredibly grateful for the support of the Royal Australian Mint and we know this initiative will further engage the public, who have been fantastic in getting behind our athletes,” said Australian Paralympic Committee CEO Lynne Anderson.

Achieving Rio qualification in April, Kate Doughty is on track to excel at the Paralympics after winning gold at the 2016 ITU World Paratriathlon Event recently in Yokohama.

“I’m so excited to be working with such a great national icon like the Royal Australian Mint and can’t wait to share my dream with all of Australia,” said Ms Doughty.

Kate Doughty Career Highlights

  • Winning Gold in the 2015 & 2016 ITU World Paratriathlon Event Yokohama
  • Winning Gold in the 2015 Australian Paratriathlon National Championships
  • Winning Bronze in the 2015 ITU Paratriathlon World Championships in Chicago
  • Winning Gold in the 2016 Oceania Paratriathlon Championships
  • Winning Gold in the 2016 Australian Paratriathlon National Championships
  • Winning Gold in the 2016 ITU World Paratriathlon Event Penrith

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