Cat McArthur

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Sport: Canoe – Sprint
Event:  Kayak
Olympic History: Olympic debutante
Highlights: Third in the K1 500 at the 2015 U23 World Championships
Coach: Anna Wood
Year Born: 1992
Country Born: Singapore  

About Cat

Catherine ‘Cat’ McArthur grew up in Singapore and moved to Melbourne to go to boarding school. The South Australian Sports Institute athlete attended University in Adelaide and relocated to the Gold Coast to join the Queensland Academy of Sport National Women's Canoe Sprint Program. 



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McArthur got her paddling start as a 16-year-old through a school sport program. A friend’s older sister was kayaking and McArthur wanted to follow in her footsteps. She paddled in a school team relay at the Murray Marathon.  The challenge to see how far she could push herself is the reason why she pursued the sport. 

Between 2012-2015, McArthur represented Australia at the Under 23 World Championships and nabbed several top 10 results including K1 500 bronze in 2015.  

In 2018, McArthur achieved a career highlight when she won K1 1000 bronze at the Duisburg (GER) World Cup. 


In 2020, McArthur helped Australia secure additional Tokyo 2020 quota positions when she and paddle partner Brianna Massie defeated New Zealand in the K2 500 at the Oceania Canoe Sprint Championships. 

McArthur secured her ticket to Tokyo by finishing fourth in the K1 500 at the 2020 Australian Canoe Sprint Championships and third in the K2 500.

Outside of paddling, McArthur is a part-time physiotherapist and pilates instructor. 

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What is your favourite/most memorable sporting moment?

Cathy Freeman in 2000 – There was an article in the paper with the headline “Catherine the Great!” and I ever since then I have wanted to earn my own headline like that!

What do you do when you’re not kayaking?

Working as a physiotherapist and pilates instructor keeps me very busy! That, as well as cooking with my housemate Aly Bull and keeping up with coffee dates with friends. 

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