Golden girl Katrina on international award shortlist

04 November 2010

University of Bath student Katrina Hart is on a shortlist of five for the prestigious International Paralympic Committee athlete of the month award for October.

The 20-year-old Sports Performance student features on the shortlist for her stunning performance in sprinting to gold in the T37 100m at the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games.

She did it in style setting a British record of 14.36 seconds to win England’s first athletics gold medal of the Games.

Katrina, who is coached at the University by Rob Ellchuk, was back in training at the University of Bath just four days after her victory, with her sights set firmly on further success at the World Championships in New Zealand in January and then the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

“I’m really pleased to be on the shortlist,” said a delighted Katrina when the shortlist was announced this morning (Thursday).

The winner of the award is decided by a public vote. To vote for Katrina please go to the Facebook page for ParalympicSport TV.

Voting closes on Tuesday 9 November.

Other athletes on the shortlist are Nigerian wheelchair table tennis player Kate Nwaka Oputa, Canadian shot putter Kyle Pettey, Australian wheelchair racer Kurt Fearnley and British wheelchair basketball player Dan Highcock.

Katrina also represented Great Britain at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games, finishing seventh in the T37 100m final.

The University of Bath has one of the leading university sports departments in the UK. Under its Team Bath brand, its success is based on the expertise and dedication of staff, and its excellent facilities, used by the community and Olympic medal winners alike.

Members of the media who require further information can contact the Team Bath Press Office at Matchtight Ltd on (01225) 383518 or 01225 443998 or see the Team Bath website.

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