“You may be classed as disabled but never take the ‘dis’ out of disabled,
take the ‘able’ and you will get where you want to be.”
Katrina Lewis, swimmer and Paralympic bronze medallist, was a Joey, Cub and Scout at the Mount Mugga Scout Group in Red Hill, Canberra, from 1995 to 2001.
Katrina, who was born 10 weeks prematurely and has mild cerebral palsy, was a keen and popular participant in all the activities Scouting has to offer. She attended a Cuboree in Canberra in 1999, and the Australian Jamboree in Sydney in 2001.
She took up swimming in 2000, and following the Jamboree she left the Scouting movement in order to focus on her sport. From 2002 to 2004 she held an ACT Academy of Sport Scholarship, and in 2004 she earned a partial scholarship at the Australian Institute of Sport.
During her swimming career, she has endured significant periods of time out of the water due to illness, strains and injuries. However, she has overcome these challenges and competed in numerous major events.
At the 2002 World Championships her team won Gold in the 4x100m Medley Relay, and Katrina won Bronze in the 100m Freestyle. She gained a place on the Australian team for the Commonwealth Games in Ireland the same year – the youngest team member ever to have been selected – but was unable to attend due to illness.
Katrina made her Paralympic debut at the age of 16 in Athens in 2004, where she was a member of the Bronze medal-winning 4x100m Free Relay team. She went on to compete in the Beijing Paralympic Games in 2008, where she won Bronze in the 50m Freestyle (S10).