Kate SmythFounder

Athlete Sanctuary is founded by Kate Smyth, an Olympian and sports enthusiast who has been involved in a wide range of team and individual sports over many decades.

Kate developed her passion for natural medicine during her career as an elite endurance athlete competing in the women’s marathon for Australia at the Olympic and Commonwealth Games and becoming one of the all-time fastest women in Australia with a personal best time of two hours 28 minutes. Her journey was not without challenges and she required the assistance of many holistic health practitioners from around the world,  to overcome and manage multiple injuries, chronic fatigue and coeliac’s disease to progress from fun runner to Olympian in just eight years. She still runs most days albeit retired from serious competition.

During her sporting career Kate identified the need for a holistic service tailored to the unique requirements of athletes and set about creating an innovative sports naturopathy service which offers natural, effective and non-invasive treatment options to athletes.

She is also an accredited athletics coach, is involved in national programs run through the IAAF and Athletics Australia and mentors aspiring elite athletes.

Kate is an experienced guest speaker for sporting functions, corporate events, awards ceremonies and schools.

Kate holds a Bachelor of Health Science- Naturopathy and is a registered member of the National Herbalist Association of Australia and served as a committee member of their Victorian chapter- Vic Herbs.

It makes her heart sing to be part of a profession that helps others obtain the best version of themselves possible.

Listen to these great podcasts about Kate’s journey towards becoming an Olympian.

Episode 28 of The Hidden Athlete by Ross Burrage.

Kate recalls her journey as she blew on to the running scene late in her career through very untraditional pathways rising from fun runner to Olympian. Kate represented Australia in the Commonwealth Games and ran one of Australia’s all-time fastest women’s marathon times in 2008 of 2h28m to qualify for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. Described as an “ incredibly humble champion” she shares an honest recall of her most challenging and memorable experiences and what it took behind the scenes to make a champion.

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An insightful interview by Julian Spence of Inside Running.

Kate Smyth reflects on her rapid progression from fun runner to Olympian, who helped her along the way and lessons learnt. Kate also shares valuable advice for runners on training and health.

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Inside Running Podcast.

Don’t forget to check out the latest podcasts by Kate Smyth and podiatrist Sophie Ryan on Inside Running covering gut health in athletes and anaemia.

Some of Australia’s leading women’s endurance athletes and sports health practitioners produce the Insight Running women’s series broadcast free on multiple channels.
Stay tuned for a new podcast on performance psychology with Richy Bennett. Rich is a performance psychologist, author, athlete mentor and guest speaker with an expensive background working within the Australian and NSW Institutes of Sport, Commonwealth Games, summer and winter Olympic Teams and Australian Paralympic Teams. This podcast will explore the key pillars to mental sports performance drawing on Rich’s expertise and experiences working with athletes across various sporting codes.

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