Santa monica, CA
Katherine Starr (formally known as Annabelle Cripps), Founder and President of Safe4Athletes – Katherine founded Safe4Athletes in 2011 as a result of her experience being sexually abused and harassed by her swim coach.
Katherine is a 2 time Olympian 1984 and 1988 (Great Britain) In 1986 she won two silver medals at the Commonwealth Games. Katherine experienced success at the collegiate level: swimming for the University of Texas, participating on three NCAA championship teams and being a 14-time All-American.
By applying the lessons learned through competitive swimming, Katherine's professional career blossomed, alongside her athletic achievements. Katherine gained a prestigious and solid business background in the corporate world working with Softbank/Mobius Venture Capitalist (original investor in Yahoo!), AOL Time Warner, Sun Microsystems, Netscape, and Honeywell, among others.
The world of swimming created another unexpected area of interest for Katherine: it sparked her passion for film and television production. As a successful Olympic swimmer, she made many television appearances and spoke with the press throughout various stages of competition, giving her a taste for media.
Currently Katherine travels around the country educating the athletic community about the Safe4Athletes program that offers policies and procedures for local sports programs to adopt which are designed to prevent sexual abuse, bully and harassment and provide and safe and positive environment for the athlete.
Our goal is to provide athletes with "a voice" and help parents make an informed decision about whom they have entrusted their child-athlete with.