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Editorial: A true inspiration

Kippens native Katarina Roxon was named this week's top athelet for her gold medal performance at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.
Kippens native Katarina Roxon was named this week's top athelet for her gold medal performance at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.

Katarina Roxon has proven over the years that she is a great swimmer, and this week's gold medal performance at the Paralympic Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, sealed the deal — as if there was any doubt.

The gold medal came in the 100-metre breaststroke (SB8) in a time of 1:19.44. She was the lone Canadian swimmer in the final.

Coming from a small town like Kippens, it’s not easy or expected that you’ll make it to national or international swimming meets and compete on the world stage.

Roxon demonstrated she has the mettle to not only compete with the top swimmers in the world, but also to win.

Her local supporters never doubted she would someday accomplish what she now has, and Roxon has made not only her hometown, but her province and the rest of Canada proud.

Her greatest support has always been her parents, Lisa and Leonard, who believed in her throughout her swimming career, from the early years in the Regional Aquatic Centre in Stephenville where Katarina spent countless hours practicing.

As she rose through the different competitions, Leonard was at her side as her coach and mentor. Once she made the Canadian team, he was still there to provide whatever assistance he could while she was under the tutelage of national coaches.

Roxon has always viewed the 100-m breaststroke as her best event, and she backed it up with her performance.

She had previously earned a gold medal, three silvers and two bronze at the Toronto Parapan American Games and a bronze at the 2015 World Championships.

After her six-medal performance in 2015, she was honoured with a motorcade and reception in Stephenville, which Katarina said at the time was “over the top, but great.”

There’s no bigger stage than competing for your country at the Paralympics, and Roxon fully deserves the honours coming her way for reaching that plateau.

Roxon’s hard work and dedication is truly an inspiration to any other athletes who want to believe the sky’s the limit in pursuit of their goals.

The gold medal came in the 100-metre breaststroke (SB8) in a time of 1:19.44. She was the lone Canadian swimmer in the final.

Coming from a small town like Kippens, it’s not easy or expected that you’ll make it to national or international swimming meets and compete on the world stage.

Roxon demonstrated she has the mettle to not only compete with the top swimmers in the world, but also to win.

Her local supporters never doubted she would someday accomplish what she now has, and Roxon has made not only her hometown, but her province and the rest of Canada proud.

Her greatest support has always been her parents, Lisa and Leonard, who believed in her throughout her swimming career, from the early years in the Regional Aquatic Centre in Stephenville where Katarina spent countless hours practicing.

As she rose through the different competitions, Leonard was at her side as her coach and mentor. Once she made the Canadian team, he was still there to provide whatever assistance he could while she was under the tutelage of national coaches.

Roxon has always viewed the 100-m breaststroke as her best event, and she backed it up with her performance.

She had previously earned a gold medal, three silvers and two bronze at the Toronto Parapan American Games and a bronze at the 2015 World Championships.

After her six-medal performance in 2015, she was honoured with a motorcade and reception in Stephenville, which Katarina said at the time was “over the top, but great.”

There’s no bigger stage than competing for your country at the Paralympics, and Roxon fully deserves the honours coming her way for reaching that plateau.

Roxon’s hard work and dedication is truly an inspiration to any other athletes who want to believe the sky’s the limit in pursuit of their goals.

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