Recognised as Britain’s most talented female sprinter, Katharine Merry’s success at the junior level was outstanding. She was the fastest girl in the world aged 14 years old, and started her international GB career aged just 13. Katharine stayed on the junior team for a record 6 years, winning 5 Junior Championships and a total of 5 medals.
In 1997, Katharine achieved No.1 status in Britain, winning the British title. She won the 200m in the National Championships again in 1998, and achieved a bronze medal in the individual 400m at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.
In 2005 Katharine announced her official retirement from athletics. She presented for the BBC during the 2006 Commonwealth Games, and also is a regular part of BBC 5 Live, including working in Beijing at the Olympics for the BBC. She also presents for Sky TV and Channel Five.
In 2006 UK Athletics appointed Katharine as UKA and Norwich Union Athlete Mentor to assist current junior athletes in their long term preparations for major championships and their lives as professional athletes. She is also an experienced motivational speaker, working with both sporting organisations and other corporate clients, which serves her well in her role as an Ambassador for Special Olympics GB.
Katharine became a Special Olympics GB Ambassador in 2007.