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Jess Skarratt | MC

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We are delighted to welcome back Jess Skarratt as out MC for the 2017 WISB. One of the bubbliest personalities in television, Jess’ long and successful career has seen her travel the world working on a variety of exciting shows. As both presenter and producer on some of Australia's best loved childrens' and travel & lifestyle programs, Jess is a familiar, friendly face to Queenslanders.

Jess is a passionate advocate of active and healthy lifestyles, and has hosted a number of television sporting shows. Off camera Jess is a much in-demand MC of charity events and social functions. 

Guest Athletes


Lucky Patterson - Australian Paralympic Swimmer


Lakeisha Patterson OAM, otherwise known as Lucky, has become Queensland’s very own golden girl. Patterson started swimming at the age of Five as part of her rehabilitation to overcome muscle stiffness from her Cerebral Palsy left Hemiplegia. After falling in love with the water and the discovering of para-swimming, she started competing nationally at 13 years old. After one year of competing and rapid improvement she was announced on the Australian Junior Development Team.

One year later and more continual improvements, she made her international debut at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, being the youngest member on the Australian Swim Team for the games at 15 years old. She went on to win the bronze medal in the Women’s 100m Freestyle S8. After the games, Patterson headed straight to Pasadena, California for the 2014 Pan-Pacific Para Swimming championships where she collected a further five medals.

She wasn’t going to stop there. Her ultimate goal was to make the Rio Paralympic Games Team. In April 2016 she was selected as part for the Australian Paralympic Team to compete at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. But not only did she reach this goal, she then went on to win Australia’s first gold medal of the Rio Paralympics, in winning the Women’s 400m Freestyle S8 on the opening night of competition. She also set a new World record, Paralympic record and Oceania record.

After an astonishing Paralympic Games debut, Patterson returned as one of Australia’s most decorated Paralympians from the games. Now an Ambassador for Aspirations for Kids in Sport and Funkita Swimwear, a Queensland Academy of Sport scholarship holder and just recently being named as on Order of Australia Medal recipient, Lakeisha’s career is only just beginning! She has also been named on the Australian Dolphins Swim Team headed to Mexico City, to compete at the World Para Swimming Championships in September, all while trying to tick off her main goal of completing year 12 this year.


Kate McCarthy - Brisbane Lions AFLW


Kate was just 10 years old when she had multiple seizures in a day. Initially the doctors thought it was epilepsy related, however they later discovered she had a grade-three heart blockage and her heart could no longer maintain its own rhythm. Something very unusual in someone so young and active. Doctors weren’t sure if she would ever be able to play sport again, but she didn’t let that stop her. After representing Australia in Touch Football and running at the Pan Pacific Youth Games in the 100m and 200m, Kate has also represented Queensland in cricket. Surprisingly, Kate has only been playing AFL for 2 two years, playing for Yeronga South Brisbane before being drafted to the Brisbane Lion’s at pick number 82 in the first Women’s National Draft. She is an outside midfielder, known for her lightning fast speed and ability to score goals. She played every game in the 2017 Inaugural AFLW season, including the first ever AFLW Grand Final. She was selected in the All Australian team and nominated for 'Goal of the Year.' Her success in the sporting arena is not the only thing that motivates Kate. She has chosen to be strong contributor to her community working as a secondary education teacher and has recently been an announced as an ambassador for the Heart Foundation. The Heart Foundation played a vital role in the research behind the invention of the pacemaker.

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