Katarina Roxon has kept herself busy during the 2020-21 pandemic. Along with keeping sharp with her swimming in training, she’s also contributed to her community.
In 2021, Roxon participated in the virtual SwimForHope which raised over $50,000 for cancer and Newfoundland and Labrador Swimming Clubs. Over that period, she’s also been a spokesperson for the #HealthyMeBetterMe campaign by Sports Newfoundland and Labrador.
In 2019, Roxon served notice she is primed to compete at her fourth consecutive Paralympic Games after a double medal performance at the IPC World Para Swimming Championships. Roxon won the silver medal in the SB8 100-m breaststroke and helped Canada to bronze in the 4X100-m freestyle relay.
At the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, Roxon finished sixth in the S9 100-m freestyle and SB9 100-m breaststroke. Roxon also placed eighth in the SM10 200-m individual medley. It was her third career Commonwealth Games.
At the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, Roxon brought home her first Paralympic medal, a gold in the 100-m breaststroke in Canadian record time. She was also on the 2008 and 2012 team.
Roxon reached new heights in 2015. She collected six medals including gold in the 100-m breaststroke at the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games. At the 2015 IPC World Championships she struck bronze in Canadian record time in the 100-m breast.
At the 2013 IPC World Championships held in Montreal, Roxon helped Canada to the silver medal in the women’s 4x100-m freestyle relay. It was one of six events she competed in at the Montreal worlds. She also reached three other finals. Roxon competed at her second Paralympic Games in London in 2012. She was among Canada’s busiest athletes, competing in eight events in the S8 category.
At age 15, she was the youngest Canadian swimmer on the Beijing 2008 Canadian Paralympic Team. She has competed at four world championships, including in 2006 at age 13.
2008, 2012, 2016 Paralympic Games… 2007 and 2015 Parapan American Games… 2013, 2015, 2019 IPC World Championships… 2010, 2014 and 2018 Commonwealth Games… Included on the "2016 Most Influential Women List" by the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity…
She was born with her left arm missing below her elbow… She got involved in swimming at five because her parents thought it was an essential skill… In 2018 Roxon was appointed to the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador… In 2016, Highway (Route 490) was renamed Katarina Roxon Way which leads from the Trans-Canada Highway towards Roxon's hometown of Kippens.
NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS
- 2019 IPC World Championships 2nd 100-m breaststroke
- 2019 IPC World Championships 3rd 4X100-m freestyle relay
- 2019 IPC World Championships 7th 200-m IM
- 2018 Commonwealth Games 6th 100-m freestyle
- 2018 Commonwealth Games 6th 100-m breaststroke
- 2016 Paralympic Games 1st 100-m breaststroke
- 2015 Parapan American Games 1st 100-m breaststroke
- 2015 Parapan American Games 2nd 50-m freestyle
- 2015 Parapan American Games 2nd 400-m freestyle
- 2015 Parapan American Games 2nd 200-m individual medley
- 2015 Parapan American Games 3rd 100-m freestyle
- 2015 Parapan American Games 3rd 100-m backstroke
- 2015 IPC World Championships 3rd 100-m breaststroke
- 2014 Commonwealth Games 5th 100-m breaststroke and 200-m individual medley
- 2013 IPC World Championships 2nd 4X100-m freestyle relay (34 points)
- 2012 Paralympic Games 5th 100-m breaststroke
- 2010 Commonwealth Games 6th 50-m freestyle, 5th 100-m freestyle and 100-m butterfly
- 2008 Paralympic Games 12th 100-m breaststroke
- 2007 Parapan American Games 1st 4X100-m medley relay
- 2007 Parapan American Games 2nd 200-m individual medley
- 2007 Parapan American Games 2nd 100-m breaststroke
- 2007 Parapan American Games 3rd 50-m freestyle
1 bronze medals
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
1 gold medals