Par­a­lympian looks back in grat­i­tude

Western Suburbs Weekly - - John Xxiii College Turns 40 -

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.”

Pic­ture: Will Rus­sell www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d289688

Par­a­lympian Ka­t­rina Porter, who cher­ishes her time at the col­lege, when she was 19.

Ka­t­rina Porter found fo­cus and friend­ship at the col­lege.

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