At the age of 24, after being trained as a professional gymnast and as an aerial skier, Katie moved away from the world of skiing to California to study. She wasn’t gone long however, as she began work on her four-year project “The Will to Fly”, an amazing film capturing the struggles and conquests of Lydia Lassila’s journey in the Olympics. The film is now studied within high schools, TAFE courses, and used as a leadership and motivational tool for corporate groups and sports teams.
Katie Bender is a former professional athlete, independent producer and documentary filmmaker. At a young age she took up gymnastics, training tirelessly until the age of fifteen. She later took on the opportunity to join the Australian Freestyle Aerial Skiing development program. At the age of 24 Katie moved away from the world of skiing and moved to California to study film and digital media at the Fashion Institute of Merchandise and Design. She later became a junior producer at Trailer Park Inc, working with Hollywood’s top movie trailer creatives.
In 2012 Katie began work on her four year project, “the Will to Fly”. Released nationally in March 2016, the film received the “Best World Documentary Award” and “Best Mountain Culture Film Award” at the Whistler film festival in Canada. Now the film is studied within high schools, TAFE courses, and used as a leadership and motivational tool for corporate groups and sports teams.
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