Paralympian looks back in gratitude
AS John XXIII College celebrates its 40th anniversary, Paralympic gold medallist Katrina Porter (28) reminisces on her school days with fondness.
Porter, who was born with arthrogryposis multiplex congenita, a condition that causes muscle weakness and joint stiffness, said her school experience was always positive.
“Coming in not knowing anyone and having obstacles in the form of my disability could have been daunting and lonely,” she said. “But it was far from that.
“I was always included; it was a very warm and welcoming place from the beginning.”
Porter, who has just landed a job at Price Waterhouse Cooper as an associate consultant, attended the Mt Claremont college from Year 4Year 12.
“I graduated in 2005, so I had my 10-year reunion just over a year ago,” she said. “I was a student when the College turned 20.
“So turning 40 is exciting; it makes me feel pretty old on one hand, but it’s so good to see the school going from strength to strength.”
Awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia after her record-breaking
100m backstroke swim at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics, Porter said her swimming career began shortly after she started at the College.
“I was very competitive,” she said. “Not just in sport, in all areas, and JTC gave me so many opportunities to take part in lots of extra curricular activities.
“JTC has always been very proud of their alumni and wanted them to succeed, and I count myself as very fortunate to have been apart of such a wonderful school.”
Paralympian Katrina Porter, who cherishes her time at the college, when she was 19.
Katrina Porter found focus and friendship at the college.