Kate was born approximately 5 min after her big sister Tessa on the 20 June 1983 to parents Gerald and Karen in Bloemfontein, South Africa. She grew up in a closely knit family with her older brother Gareth and twin sister Tessa and learnt from an early age the meaning of competition and determination.
Kate attended Eunice Girls School in Bloemfontein from Grade I to Grade X. Eunice is regarded as one of the best and most prestigious girl’s schools in the country and it was here where she learnt to run and swim competitively.
There was a fleeting moment when she was 5 where all she wanted to be was a ballerina, but then sadly had to come to terms with the fact that she unfortunately did not possess the necessary talents of coordination, flexibility, grace and the ideal long lean legs. But it had always been her dream, since the age of nine, to represent South Africa at an Olympic Games. This dream was conceived when South Africa was allowed back into international sporting competitions after being in isolation for 32 years because of the country’s apartheid policy. After watching on television, South African athlete, Elana Meyer take the silver medal in the 10 000m at the Barcelona Olympics, this sparked something for her which she has never forgotten and from that moment onward all Kate ever wanted to do was commit herself to being a sportswoman and an Olympian.
At the age of 11 she started running and within her first year of competition gained her provincial colours for Cross Country. Kate ran and swam competitively throughout her school career and gained her provincial colours for Cross Country, Athletics (800m, 1500m and 3000m) Road Running (10km) Biathlon and also Swimming.
At the age of 15 she gained her National Protea colours for Biathlon and at the age of 17, Kate made the transition from biathlon into triathlon.
She first thought that she would try to compete at an Olympic Games as a track athlete, but when the sport of Triathlon made its debut at the Sydney Olympic Games, she soon realized that all she needed to do was add cycling training to her swimming and running combination and she could perhaps fulfill her dream of being an Olympian triathlete.
So it was in the year 2000 that Kate first started competing in the wonderful sport of Triathlon.
She has never looked back since deciding to move to triathlon. After matriculating at Eunice Girls’ School in 2001, she studied for a BCom General Management degree at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein. She continued to compete in national races but only after successfully obtaining her BCom degree in 2005, did she become a professional triathlete in 2006 and competed internationally for South Africa on the world stage.
Achieving her Olympic dream become her sole focus and driving force for 8 years and she spent these years training and racing abroad under the guidance of Australian triathlon coach, Dr Darren Smith and was fortunate to part of his elite squad of world class athletes. In the process, she gained an enormous amount of experience and understanding of what was expected of a professional triathlete and the demands and pressures that they are exposed to. With hard work, determination and perserverance she achieved her childhood dream of competing in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and 2012 London Olympic Games. In 2010 she achieved her highest world ranking of 7th position in the women’s elite category on the world series triathlon circuit. After the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland in 2014 and winning a silver medal as part of the South African mixed triathlon relay team, she realised that she had achieved everything that she wanted to in the sport and decided that new ventures awaited her in coaching and mentoring junior triathletes and also female elite and age group triathltes to help them realise their full potential and reach the highest level in the sport. Looking back she has no regrets about her triathlon career and is really looking forward to the new challenges that lie ahead.