Strong praise from Stephenville council members for Katarina Roxon

Published on March 12, 2017

Katarina Roxon is seen in this file photo during an event in her honour after she returned home from the Paralympic Games.

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Members of the Stephenville town council had lots of praise for Katarina Roxon of Kippens on being named to the Most Influential Women List for 2016.

The praise came at council’s regular general meeting this past Thursday.

The Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport named Roxon, a Paralympic swimmer, to the list earlier this week.

Mayor Tom O’Brien said Katarina is a great ambassador for the region, the province and the country.

He said he learned this week that when she was young Roxon had actually put the name Toto (after the dog in The Wizard of Oz) on her partial arm.

“I think this really shows the positive attitude of this young woman,” O’Brien said.

He said she is now paying it forward by coaching small kids.

“Her smile is absolutely infectious and she is able to brighten up any place she’s in,” Coun. Tom Rose said.

Roxon won gold in the 100m breaststroke at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games this past summer.

Outside the pool, she serves as an ambassador for Para athletes and sport by representing the Canadian Paralympic Committee, the Canadian Olympic Committee, and The War Amps of Canada at various speaking engagements across the country.