We are so proud to have been alongside Katie Kelly last night when she won the 2017 Sir Roden Cutler Award. The award was presented last night by Sports Minister, Stuart Ayres at a gala dinner held by the Primary Club as part of their Marathon Cricket event at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Over the last 18 years, the Sir Roden Cutler award has been presented to athletes who have inspired the nation. This award recognises Katie’s sporting achievement and efforts to inspire people with disabilities to participate in sport.
Katie received a $20,000 grant which she will put toward her recently established Sport Access Foundation which helps Australian children disabilities to have an opportunity to participate in sport.
Katie Kelly was born with hearing loss and in her mid-20s, she was diagnosed with Usher Syndrome*, a genetic condition she had suffered since birth. Katie’s challenge is tough – however it doesn’t stop her from getting the most out of life and achieving such amazing outcomes including a world championship and the gold medal at the Rio 2016 Paralympic games.
Magnetite supported Katie in her quest for a spot on the Paralympic team in Rio and we continue to support her in her goal for a second world title this year. We are all proud of her achievement and it motivates us to support her in making a positive changing to young lives.