Katie was the youngest of four children, whose mother was a part-time fencing coach. She was not allowed to start fencing until she turned seven old and consequently spent years watching her older siblings all training and competing before she was allowed to try it out. This meant that she was desperate to start, knew quite a lot about it before she started, loved it madly right from the beginning and trained super hard from the off as she was desperate to try to beat her older brothers and sisters!

Katie was too keen on sports during school to sit still for long enough to learn very much and spent most of her energy on fencing. Having a sport that she could funnel all her energies into, kept her from straying into bad company and allowed her to develop as a talented young athlete travelling the World. This dedication and determination from a young age paid off and by the time she was 12, Katie had reached the top of her age group within the UK becoming Under 14 British
Champion in 1976. She repeated this the following year aged 13 and continued at the top regaining her British Champion title for dseven years in a row all the way through to the Under 20 Junior British Championships where she came first aged 17 and again at 18yrs but alas falling at the final hurdle where aged 19, she finished in the silver medal place.

Reaching success at a young age, Katie started to travel to International competitions early in her career. She won the International Under 14 Satellite in Bruge, Belgium. Katie represented GB at both Junior and Senior events being part of Team GB at Junior World Championships, Senior World Championships team and individual, World Student Games and in 1984, aged 20 was part of the GB Olympic team competing in Los Angeles.

Since retiring from competition in 1986, Katie spent the next 15 years building her graphic design business and raising two children. However it was not long before the pull of fencing and teaching found her back in the Salle, working with children to pass on her love and knowledge of fencing.

Giving Back

Today Katie and her husband (also an Olympic fencer) run a small but busy club in Belfast, Northern Ireland teaching kids from seven through to adults. Fencing requires the athlete to be strong, fast, skillful and agile but the top international titles are won by the fencer with the best mental strength and resilience. The power of sports psychology and it’s ability to create a winner is an area that fascinates Katie. Working with Dame Kelly Holmes Trust has enabled her to both learn more within this area and have the opportunity to work with young people to deliver life skills through sport and activity.

Competitive Record

British Junior Champion

Junior World Championships

Olympic Games 1984