As a child, Karen was a talented swimmer with Olympic aspirations who suffered devastating abuse at the hands of her coach. Since the publication of her story in the book Deep Deception Karen has been speaking out and advocating on behalf of children and young people. She is working to create a greater level of awareness and to encourage safer spaces for children and young people in all areas.
Between the ages of 10 and 17 Karen spent endless hours in the swimming pool. She was recognized as a talented national and international swimmer with strong aspirations and a realistic chance of representing her country at the Olympic Games. During this time, Karen was routinely abused by her coach. Karen will share her story, beginning with the little girl who dreamt of Olympic stardom, through the nightmare years of grooming, control and abuse to the years of anguish and pain for her and her family.
Karen is a Psychotherapist and Counsellor, trained in Family Systems, Choice Theory, Addiction and Anger Management.