Kathryn is Stewarton’s Swimming Star
Here follows an amazing story of why disability should never stop you from enjoying what you do and achieving what you deserve. Kathryn White is no ordinary 10-year-old girl. She has Elhers Danlos Syndrome, which affects all muscles within the body and can sometimes make everyday life very difficult. However, this has never stopped Kathryn and she has embraced life and all it’s activities with gusto and determination. Despite her disability, Kathryn has a great passion and talent for swimming. The youngster joined the Jets Disabled Swimming Club when she was 7 years old, with the head coach soon realising that Kathryn had a talent in the pool. She has thrived at the Jets, as they focus on a person’s ability rather than the disability that they have. At the moment, Kathryn is competing at the highest possible level, meaning she is racing against teenagers and even adults. Kathryn recently won Ayrshire’s ‘Disabled Athlete of the Year’ award. This was presented to her in a ceremony at St Joseph’s Academy in Kilmarnock.
I asked Kathryn a few questions about her amazing talent, where it all came from, and her ambitions for the future.
Q: When did you first gain an interest in swimming?
A: When I was 7, I was on holiday in Portugal and I really enjoyed swimming in the pool all day.
Q: When did you first realise that you had a talent for swimming?
A: I joined Jets as I liked to swim, the coach told me I was really good.
Q: What is your favourite and least favourite stroke?
A: My favourite is the front crawl and least favourite is breast stroke.
Q: What was your reaction when you found out that you had won the ‘Disabled Athlete of the Year’ award?
A: Shocked and Emotional.
Q: What has been your biggest achievement to date, apart from the award?
A: My most recent regional swimming gala when I won 5 Golds and achieved 5 personal best times.
Q: What is your ultimate ambition in swimming?
A: To keep swimming at my best and if I am lucky enough to swim for Scotland or GB team.
Kathryn is the current National Disabled School Champion for 50m front crawl, 50m back stroke and 75m individual medley. As well as the Jets, Kathryn also swims with Kilmarnock Association Swimming Club. Kathryn is a true inspiration to us all, and I’m sure Stewarton will continue to support her for years to come.