Ready Set Tokyo: Kate Næss – Para-triathlon

What began as a dream to represent Australia in Para-equestrian has turned into a much different reality for Kate Næss.

Dreams can evolve though, which is why Kate is still dreaming in a new sport despite reality checks along the way.

When her mother Vicki passed away in 2010 after her brave battle with breast cancer, the loss of her guiding light saw Kate reach the very depth of her despair.

But ambition soon grew from personal loss and after the 2010 World Equestrian Games, Kate swapped her riding boots for a bike, goggles and runners and pushed herself like she hadn’t before.

After only 18 months of training in her new sport, Kate made her Paralympic debut in the women’s PT4 at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games where she finished fifth in a field of 11 and just over a minute outside the podium.

And since Rio, she’s excelled at World Cup level. Her steely determination has her regarded among the Australian Para-triathlon Team’s strongest medal hopes for this year’s Paralympic Games.

Cheering on Kate in Japan will be her loving family, including her husband Jarle and their baby boy Henrik, who they welcomed less than two years ago.

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