Anne Katona-linn

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  • January 12, 2024
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Growing up the daughter of Betty Katona, and being exposed to water from an early age, has certainly helped to guide Anne through her life in sports. Anne began as a Junior Life Guard at age 13 and Senior Guard at 16. She also helped to teach swimming at Knoebels for nearly 15 years. She was a competitive diver and member of the Mount Carmel Area swim team for 2 seasons. She aso competed at Bloomsburg University as a diver.

It was in 1994 that Anne learned to surf while living in Tampa, FL. She became one of the few women in Pennsylvania to surf on a river. She moved on to Whitewater Rivers and paddle boarding, making the first descent by a women on the Lehigh River and the Savage River in Western Maryland. She placed 3rd in the Red Mo and 1st in the Lehigh Classic for two years. She has traveled and connected with Stand Up Paddlers all over the country and world. She and her husband own a company KiltSup, selling boards and other gear and offering lessons for Stand Up Paddle Boarding. She has also taught kayaking and coordinated several trips in the Lehigh River for small groups such as youth church groups and boy scouts.

Anne has also run in many races in California, such as the California-Bay Breakers, Bridge to Bridge, and Santa Cruz, Capitala. She also competed a Disney Marathon as a member of Team in Training (Leukemia & Lymphoma Society) in 2005.

She has also run the Allentown Half Marathon, Philly Half Marathon, and many 5k/10k races along with multiple sprint marathons. She has competed in a number of triathlons including the Pacific Crest Olympic Distance Tri in Ben, Oregon and other local tri’s including the Lackawanna State Park, Iron Tri, and LARA.

Katona-Linn has also serves as an athletic trainer at many basketball camps at Stanford and has served for SFSU men’s and women’s basketball, track and football teams. She has worked the Pro-Am semi pro basketball League in SF and Tampa and a high school league in San Francisco when Jason Kidd was a player. She has also worked at Functional Rehabilitation and Sports Training working with Olympic and Professional Athletes such as Butch Reynolds (400, Hurdles) Olympian and World Record holder, Tom McCaffrey (Denver Broncos/NY Giants), as well as, Glyn Milburn and Chris Walsh.

Anne received her M.Ed in Special Education from Lehigh University, is a Board Certified Behavioral Analyst, and is currently pursuing her doctorate in Educational Psychology at West Virginia University. She is a member of the advisory council of the Jones Center for Excellence in Special Education at Bloomsburg University.

She enjoys spending time with her husband Mark and twin daughters Emily and Claire paddle boarding on whitewater. She joins mom Betty, and brothers Tim and Tom as members of the Ed Romance Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.

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