Quick Facts

Physical Impairment – Right arm limb deficiency
How acquired
Date of Birth
November 19, 1999
Traralgon, VIC
Started Competing
Games Experience

Rio 2016


Ellie Cole

Career Highlights

Silver medal in the 50m butterfly at the 2015 Nationals


Emily Beecroft got 2016 off to a strong start, taking home a gold medal in the 50m butterfly and a silver medal in the 50m freestyle from the Victorian Open Championships. Her time of 30.03 seconds for the 50m freestyle also saw her awarded multi-class swimmer of the meet and broke the required qualifying time for the Rio 2016 Paralympics.

The teenager from Gippsland in Victoria got into swimming at a young age. A teacher suggested she join a swim club and after one of her sisters started, she followed suit. Emily is a triplet, with two sister who she is very close to and loves hanging out with.

Her swimming took her to local meets where she raced against able-bodied kids. Emily was born with a right arm limb deficiency and deaf in her left ear. Her disability never held her back from her desire to achieve big things in sport.

She used to participate in athletics and netball but she chose swimming because it was her strongest sport and had the best pathway for people with a disability.

She competed for the first time in 2010 and after winning 10 medals at the School Sports Championships, was awarded the Sportsmanship Award in 2012.

In 2015, Emily competed in the US Para Championships in Bismarck. She was in a team of four athletes and was internationally classified at the championships. Also in 2015, Emily had her breakthrough result at the Australian Open Championships. Competing against seniors in multi-class events, she won two silver medals in the 50m and 100m butterfly.

Emily made her Paralympic debut at the Rio 2016 Games, competing in four different events. She qualified for three finals, finishing fourth in the 50m freestyle, sixth in the 100m freestyle and 6th in the 100m butterfly.

Emily looks up to Ellie Cole, the first Para-swimmer that she really knew about and researched her and her achievements. Outside of swimming and school, Emily enjoys reading – her favourite book is Hunger Games.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 100m butterfly Classification: S9
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 100m freestyle Classification: S9
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 200m individual medley Classification: SM9
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 4x100m freestyle Relay Classification: S9
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 4x100m Medley Relay Classification: S9
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 50m freestyle Classification: S9