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Katja Dedekind PLY

Paralympic Swimmer

Katja Dedekind PLY

Katja Dedekind PLY is an Australian Paralympic Swimmer, three-time Paralympic medalist, Commonwealth Games gold medalist, world paralympic champion, and world-record holder.

Katja’s resume is unmatched for an athlete of her age. Breaking onto the Australian Dolphins swim team in 2016, Katja made the Australian Paralympic team after winning gold in the women’s 4x50m freestyle, bronze in the women’s 200m freestyle, and fifth in the women’s 50m backstroke and 50m butterfly at the 2016 Australian Swimming Championships. Rightfully earning her place, Katja would go on to stun the world at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Paralympics by winning bronze in the women’s 100m backstroke S13.  

Katja returned in the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics to win two more bronze medals in the women’s 100m backstroke S13 and women’s 400m freestyle S13, smashing her PB and setting a new Australian record.

2022 marked a huge year for Katja, winning gold and two silver medals at the 2022 World Para Swimming Championships in Madeira, before winning a gold medal and setting a World-Record time in the women’s 50m freestyle S13 at the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games.

Sport: Paralympic Swimming


  • 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games

    • Gold - 50m Freestyle S13​

    • World Record time

  • 2020 Tokyo Paralympics

    • Bronze - 100m Backstroke S13​

    • Bronze - 400m Freestyle S13

  • 2020 Madeira World Championships

    • Gold - 50m Freestyle S13​

    • Silver - 100m Backstroke S13

    • Silver - 400m Freestyle S13

  • 2016 Rio Paralympics

    • Bronze - 100m Backstroke S13​

  • Australian Sports Medal

  • 2022 The Patron's 2022 Paralympic Program Swimmer Award

  • Queensland Government's 2022 Queensland Sport Athlete with a Disability Award

  • 2021 University of Sunshine Coast Sportsperson of the Year

  • 2016 Junior Female Athlete of the Year, Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association

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Born in Durban, South Africa but raised in Queensland, Katja is a dual-sport athlete as a swimmer and goal-ball player. Katja is a vision-impaired athlete with blindness in her right eye and peripheral vision loss in her left eye.

In 2016 Katja was awarded the Junior Female Athlete of the Year by Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association, and in 2021 was awarded the University of Sunshine Coast Sportsperson of the Year.

Opportunities To Work With


  • Product Endorsements

  • Social Media Campaigns

  • Trade Shows

  • Marketing Campaigns


  • Licensing deals

  • Sponsorship

  • Brand Ambassador


  • ​​​School Awards Nights & Graduation Ceremonies​

  • VIP Meet & Greets

  • Fundraising Events

  • Golf Tournaments

  • Corporate Events & Hospitality

  • Grand Openings


  • Motivational Speaker

  • Sporting Conferences

  • Corporate Conferences & Conventions

  • Master of Ceremonies

  • Employee Award Nights

  • Employee Motivation

  • Radio, TV and Podcasts

  • PR Campaigns


  • Coaching programs for individuals and small groups

  • Coaching programs for schools and clubs

  • Coaching Clinics


  • Birthday Parties

  • Meet & Greets

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