Breaking records as a competitive swimmer in the freestyle relay in 2012, things took a turn as Katie was introduced to wheelchair basketball by Phil Robinson a year later. Not long after Katie’s introduction to the sport, Katie was competing in the Junior League, British Wheelchair Basketball National Leagues, the National Junior Championships, Celtic Cup, and School Games.
Soaring through the ranks, it wasn’t long before Katie made her debut with the senior national team at the 2015 Continental Clash. Later that year, Katie made her international debut as part of the 2015 Women’s U24 Wheelchair Basketball World Championship gold medal winning team. Quickly followed by a senior bronze medal at the 2015 European Championships. Claiming her spot in the roster, Katie continued to go from strength to strength on the international stage. In 2016, Katie made her Paralympic debut at the Rio de Janeiro summer games as the youngest in the squad. Katie was part of the history making squad, producing their highest ever finish of fourth.
Since the games, Katie opted to focus on her academic progression seeing her move to Chester to study forensic psychology. Alongside being a sports scholar at the University of Chester, Katie has continued to train with the Northern Ireland national programme and has tirelessly led the squad towards qualification for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
“I’ve had some time out of basketball but now I’m super excited to get back into it. It will also be exciting to work alongside new coaches and players that I’ve trained or player alongside, and to get stuck into a new season with a new team.”