Swimming Western Australia
Published: Oct 11, 2012 07:44:58 PM
The 2012 WAIS Annual Dinner celebrated the achievements of the past 12 months on Saturday night, with West Coast's Kat Downie rewarded for her excellent achievements of late.
16 year-old Downie claimed the WAIS Athlete with a Disabilty of the Year Award, following her fine performances on debut for Australia at the 2012 London Paralympic Games.
Predominantly a freestyle swimmer, Downie swam the breaststroke leg in the final of the 4x100m medley relay as Australia, competing from lane two, recorded one of the most thrilling wins of the entire Games. Downie achieved this after a strong performance in Australia’s gold medal win in the 4x100m freestyle relay.
Downie won the award ahead of Paralympic hand cyclist Nigel Barley and London silver medallist, wheelchair basketball athlete Shaun Norris.