Katrina Webb has joined the Australian Team Executive for Birmingham 2022 ©Paralympics Australia

Three-time Paralympic champion Katrina Webb has been appointed to the Australian Team Executive for the upcoming Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Webb joins Chef de Mission Petria Thomas on the executive team along with Commonwealth Games gold medallists Sharelle McMahon and Anna Meares, who were already appointed.

Commonwealth Games Australia's team performance general manager Tim McMahon is also on the Australian Team Executive for the Games.

Webb, a sprinter, won silver over 100 metres at her home Commonwealth Games in Melbourne in 2006.

"Katrina is a stellar addition to our Team Executive for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games," said Thomas.

"She brings much enthusiasm and a wealth of experience to our team and will be a great mentor to the young athletes, especially our Para-sport athletes who will be aspiring to follow in her footsteps.

"I am excited to welcome Katrina to the Australian team."

Webb replaces two-time Commonwealth Games and three-time Paralympic wheelchair racing champion Kurt Fearnley, who has stepped down from his role due to other commitments. 

Having earned a netball scholarship at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) in her youth as an able-bodied athlete, Webb was then diagnosed with a mild form of cerebral palsy and was encouraged to take up Para-sport instead.

Katrina Webb is a three-time Paralympic champion ©Getty Images
Katrina Webb is a three-time Paralympic champion ©Getty Images

She was selected for the Atlanta 1996 Paralympics, where she won gold in the T38 100m and 200m and a silver in the F38 long jump.

She added two silvers and one bronze medal at the Sydney 2000 Games before adding a third gold at Athens 2004 in the T38 400m.

In Melbourne her silver medal came as Para-athletics was added to the programme as a medal sport for the first time.

"I must say thank you to Kurt Fearnley, he was on the Team Executive and with his expertise had made a significant contribution," said Webb.

"With him stepping down due to his other Board commitments an incredible opportunity was presented to me.

"I have had a really interesting athletic journey, coming from an able-bodied netball pathway at the AIS to transitioning to Para-sport.

"It doesn't matter what sport you come from, the common thread is that we are all athletes and I am very excited about the opportunity to make a difference in other athletes' sporting journeys.

"There has been some incredible work achieved already with the integration of Para-sport into the Commonwealth Games. 

"I love the Commonwealth Games for this. 

"I believe the Olympics and Paralympics sit beautifully apart as separate identities and integration is not required." 

The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games is scheduled to take place from July 28 to August 8 in 2022.