Sydney, November 2021: Magnetite would like to congratulate Paralympic gold medalist, Katie Kelly on her stellar seven years’ career, following her retirement announcement. 

Katie competed at two Paralympic Games and numerous ITU World Paratriathlon Series over 7 years of her career in the sport of Paratriathlon and her achievements include being a two-time world champion and Rio 2016 Paralympic Gold Medalists as well as being Australia's first ever Paratriathlon Gold Medalist at the Paralympic Games. 

Diagnosed with Usher Syndrome in her mid-20s, a genetic condition she has carried since birth, Katie had competed in a number of triathlons and endurance events prior to her eyesight deteriorating to a point where competing individually became increasingly difficult. When Katie was classified as legally blind, she faced this reality head on, decided to make a career change. Her amazing spirit drove her to the sport of Paratriathlon.

After Rio 2016, Katie decided it was time to share her positive outlook and set up Sport Access Foundation, to help young Australians living with a disability to improve their access to sport by providing grants. 

Katie is unstoppable. Her story is an example of overcoming the odds by continually pushing the boundaries, which has taken her from a full time professional executive and recreational triathlete to a World Champion and Paralympic Gold Medalist. It motivates all of us at Magnetite to strive for our best. Supporting Katie has given the Magnetite community a closer appreciation of one of our best Paralympian athletes.” Said Adrian Lafleur, the Managing Director of Magnetite Australia. 

Magnetite has had a long established association with Katie through her friendship with Magnetite’s founder, Ben Lafleur. We are proud to be part of her remarkable journey. We would like to congratulate Katie on her amazing achievements and wish her all the very best for her next chapter.  

Read more about Katie’s retirement announcement here: https://bit.ly/KKCallsTime

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