Katie Holloway is a Paralympic Gold Medalist in the sport of Sitting Volleyball and the first female amputee to play Division I NCAA basketball. Katie grew up in Lake Stevens, Washington, a small town just north of Seattle. When she was just 10 months old and began walking, her parents noticed something wasn’t right. They found out she had fibular hemimelia, a condition eventually leading to her foot being amputated at just 2 years old.
She began playing able-bodied sports at the age of 4- everything from soccer to basketball. Nothing could stop her from pursuing a full life as an active youth. When she reached middle school she faced many challenges including being cut from her local basketball squad to bullying by girls on her teams. But that only fueled her fire. In high school she made it a goal to get a college scholarship to play basketball. Her junior year she signed to Cal State Northridge to play Division I basketball and left her volleyball career behind her- but not for long.
Once at Northridge she quickly became a large part of the team receiving all conference honors each year. Although establishing herself in her college career as an athlete, she didn’t feel she was truly herself. Being an athlete with a disability was not truly a part of her.
During her Junior season at Northridge, she learned of the Paralympic Sitting Volleyball team after they trained at her school. She was invited to a training camp to try the sport and she immediately loved it. Since that moment she has now completed her career in basketball and been to 3 Paralympic Games for Sitting Volleyball, finishing twice with a Silver and now Gold in Rio. She currently lives in the Bay Area working at the Palo Alto VA hospital as a Recreation Therapist but still remains a die-hard Seattle Seahawks fan.