Monday, 8 October 2012

"Valkyrie" Kate Rogers nominated for prestigious sporting award

Dedicated, driven and humble are three words that come to mind when describing Australian Parachute Team skydiver Kate Rogers, who has been nominated by Australian Women's Health and Fitness Magazine for their "I Support Women in Sport" Awards in the category of "Local Heroine". 

The category aims to recognise the achievements of women who excel in their sport despite a lack of financial support and public attention.

Kate’s nomination comes on the back of her stellar performance at the Australian National Championships where she, along with other members of her team "Valkyries", placed third in Open 4-way Formation Skydiving (FS) and first in the women’s division of the same event, clinching their spot on the Australian Parachute Team and their World Parachuting Championship debut.    

Women’s Health Magazine, Senior Features Writer Crystelle Coulon, cited Kate’s recent success in qualifying to compete at the upcoming WPC, in combination with a long string of past skydiving achievements accrued over the last ten years, as reasons for her nomination.

Kate’s achievements include being part of three back-to back Australian record jumps in 2010 (a 105-way, 109-way and 112-way); and winning numerous medals in 4-way and 8-way FS at State and National level Championship events. She is also a qualified skydiving instructor and has helped many would-be skydivers enter the sport. She has completed over 2000 jumps, and holds a Packer B and Instructor D rating with Assisted Free-fall (AFF) Endorsements from the Australian Parachute Federation.

With a passion for nurturing the talents and dreams of others, Kate says her love of skydiving stems from the mental and physical benefits it offers, and the satisfaction she gets from mentoring younger jumpers:

“I love the sense of challenge that skydiving gives me. There are so many avenues to pursue in the sport. I also get a great buzz out of instructing students and intermediate jumpers. Seeing their smiles in free-fall after I’ve helped them to reach their skydiving goals makes it all worthwhile!”

Outside of skydiving Kate is a practising Diversional Therapist at Camden and Bulli Hospitals in NSW. A presenter at numerous local, state, national and international conferences, conventions and workshops on palliative care, aged care and diversional therapy, she says the time she has spent working to relieve the pain and suffering of others in combination with skydiving has shaped her life perspective:

“My experience working in palliative care and skydiving has taught me to live life to the full. No matter what life throws at you, you have to take time out to smell the roses.”

Despite her incredible achievements, Kate is retrospective and humble about her nomination:

"It is highly flattering and entirely unexpected to have been nominated for an award like this. I’m up against some awesome people so I really don’t have any expectations about how the final vote will go. Having said that, I am proud and excited to be representing women in skydiving."

Kate's nomination in the Australian Women's Health "I Support Women in Sport" Awards puts her alongside a host of other world-class athletes from around the country, including world champion surfer Stephanie Gilmore, tennis ace Samantha Stosur, and London Olympic gold medallists Anna Meares (cycling) and Sally Pearson (athletics).

The winners from each category will be announced in November this year.

To vote for Kate, visit the Australian Women’s Health website.

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