It is not only her sporting success in badminton that makes Katrin Neudolt a special athlete. It is her commitment to deaf people and her constant engagement to show that they also have a voice. That's why the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf voted her Sportswoman of the Year 2018. Why she would still like to change her racket for a pair of skis and which top athletes are important in her life, she tells REHACARE.com.
Name: Katrin Neudolt Age: 29 City: Maria Enzersdorf, Austria Occupation: Professional Badminton player/top athlete of the department of the Austrian Armed Forces Impairment: deaf
What have you always been wanting to do and why have you never done this so far?
Katrin Neudolt: Founding a start-up or company to mediate non-verbal communication for intercultural communication. For financial reasons, however, I have not yet dared to do so.
Which person has influenced you most? And why?
Katrin Neudolt: My parents, both were also top athletes (handball and ball/discuss throw).
You have the chance to become the Commissioner for the Disabled. What would you do first?
Katrin Neudolt: To make all accesses to education and sport accessible and to ensure that sign language interpreters can be used for every situation in everyday life and that this is financed by the state.
No matter whether in competitions for non-disabled or deaf people, Katrin Neudolt is successful – just like at the beginning of the year when she won the State Champion title for the fifth time. But her big goal is the gold medal at the Deaflympics 2021.
What is especially near and dear to you?
Katrin Neudolt: Inclusion in sport for young and old.
I would like to be...
Katrin Neudolt: ...Lindsay Vonn.
Which question would you like answered the most?
Katrin Neudolt: How has it been for you to communicate all day without a voice and without hearing?
What I finally want to say...
Katrin Neudolt: Your impairment is your strength. Make something out of it and set yourself a life goal!