Kathryn Ross (rower)

Kathryn Ross (born 25 June 1981)[1] is an Australian Paralympic rower. She is a four-time world champion who has participated at three Paralympics from 2008 to 2016, winning a silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics. She set a world's best time in the PR2 1X event at the 2019 World Rowing Championships.

Kathryn Ross
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2016 Australian Paralympic Team portrait of Ross
Personal information
Nationality Australia
Born (1981-06-25) 25 June 1981 (age 38)


Ross' leg became disfigured after her father accidentally ran over her with a ride-on lawn mower on the family farm in Warrnambool when she was two.[2] Both her right knee and ankle joints are fused together.[1]


Ross and Gavin Bellis competing at the 2012 London Paralympics

She took up rowing in 2006 and won the female single category in the national championships in 2007.[1][3] Her club rowing is from the Australian National University boat club. She was partnered with the winner of the male singles championship, John Maclean,[3] and went on to win silver medals with him at the 2007 Munich World Rowing Championships and the 2008 Beijing Paralympics in the TA2x events.[4][5] After Maclean's retirement, she partnered with Grant Bailey, winning a bronze medal with him at the 2010 New Zealand World Rowing Championships.[1] When Maclean returned to the sport in 2011, she partnered with him to win a bronze medal at that year's World Rowing Championships in Bled, Slovenia and two gold medals in the 2011 International Adaptive Regatta in Italy.[1]

Her partner at the 2012 London Paralympics was Gavin Bellis.[6] Bellis was slightly faster than Maclean at the Gavirate International Regatta in Italy in April 2012.[7][8] She did not medal at the 2012 Games.[4]

At the 2013 World Rowing Championships in Chungju, South Korea, she partnered with Bellis to win the gold medal in the Mixed Double Sculls TAMix2x. They were coached by Gordon Marcks.[9] With Bellis, Ross won back to back gold medals by winning the Mixed Double Sculls TAMix2x at the 2014 World Rowing Championships in Amsterdam, Netherlands.[10] This victory was ranked #39 in the International Paralympic Committee's list of moments of 2014.[11]

Ross and Bellis won their third consecutive Mixed Double Sculls TAMix2x title at the 2015 World Championships in Aiguebelette, France.[12] Ross and Bellis finished second in the Mixed Double Sculls TAMix2x B Final at the 2016 Rio Paralympics.[13]

After a break Ross came back into the Australian senior squad in 2019 in time for the 2019 World Rowing Championships.[14] At the 2019 World Championships in Linz, Austria Ross won a preliminary final and then blitzed the A-final to claim her fourth career World Championship title.[14]



  1. ^ a b c d e "Kathryn Ross". Australian Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 28 August 2012.
  2. ^ Tuxworth, Jon (23 July 2012). "Ross set to seize golden chance". The Canberra Times. Retrieved 28 August 2012.
  3. ^ a b "The Finishing Line". Australian Story. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 8 September 2008. Retrieved 16 May 2019.
  4. ^ a b Results for Kathryn Ross from the International Paralympic Committee (archived). Retrieved 28 August 2012.
  5. ^ "Silver for rowing pair". ABC News. 11 September 2008. Retrieved 28 August 2012.
  6. ^ London2012 profile Archived 13 September 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "Target gold as rowing team announced". Australian Paralympic Committee. 20 June 2012. Archived from the original on 16 August 2012. Retrieved 28 August 2012.
  8. ^ Butler, Kate (8 May 2012). "Fresh twist for Ross as Paralympic Games partner selected". The Warrnambool Standard. Retrieved 28 August 2012.
  9. ^ "Golden Day for Australian Crews". Rowing Australia News. 28 August 2013. Archived from the original on 10 September 2013. Retrieved 29 August 2013.
  10. ^ "Two golds for Australian rowing at the World champs". Sportsfan. 28 August 2014. Archived from the original on 31 August 2014. Retrieved 28 August 2014.
  11. ^ "IPC's no 39 moment of 2014 : Bellis and Ross' Para-rowing world title win". Australian Paralympic Committee News. 24 November 2014. Archived from the original on 2 March 2015. Retrieved 25 November 2014.
  12. ^ "Horrie, Ross and Bellis crowned champions three years in a row". Australian Paralympic Committee News. 3 September 2015. Retrieved 4 September 2015.[permanent dead link]
  13. ^ "TA Mixed Double Sculls - TAMix2x - Standings". Rio Paralympics Official site. Archived from the original on 14 November 2016. Retrieved 13 November 2016.
  14. ^ a b Ross at World Rowing
  15. ^ "Sport Achievement Awards". Australian Institute of Sport. 2011. Archived from the original on 3 March 2012. Retrieved 8 March 2012.
  16. ^ "Gavin Bellis, Kathryn Ross named Para-Crew of Year". International Paralympic Committee News. 8 November 2013. Retrieved 19 November 2013.
  17. ^ "Ross and Bellis named 2014 Female and Male Rowers of the Year". Rowing Australia Media Release. 28 March 2015. Archived from the original on 16 April 2015. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  18. ^ "Women's Four crowned Female Crew of the Year at the 2019 Hancock Prospecting Rower of the Year Awards". Rowing Australia. 23 November 2019. Retrieved 14 December 2019.
  19. ^ Dutton, Chris (19 November 2019). "Canberra sport awards: Kelsey-Lee Barber, Nathan Lyon and Capitals win big". Canberra Times. Retrieved 2 December 2019.

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