Katie Barthlow has been participating in North Whatcom Special Olympics since her 8th grade year; she is currently a senior. As a Special Olympic athlete, Katie participates in bowling, basketball, swimming and softball throughout the year.
Special Olympics provided Katie with an opportunity to participate in local, regional, and state competitions. She has won a state gold medal twice in basketball and in swimming where she specializes in the backstroke and free style. She has qualified twice for the National Swimming Tournament where participation is chosen by a lottery system. She has also won numerous gold, silver and bronze medals at the state and regional levels.