Quick Facts

Physical Impairment – Left arm limb deficiency
How acquired
Date of Birth
January 15, 1992
Malvern, SA
Artist, designer and athlete
Started Competing
First Competed for Australia
Games Experience

London 2012, Rio 2016

Career Highlights

Winning silver in the 100m sprint at the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha


Gabriel Cole describes himself as an artistic, passionate and driven individual whose strong mind and aggressive running style sets him apart on the track.

Born with a minor deformity of his left hand, Gabriel entered the world of Paralympic sport in 2009 after a teacher at school recommended him to coach, Stephen Butler. The following year he represented Australia at the Oceania Games in Cairns, was named South Australian AWD Athlete of the Year and competed at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, where he placed 7th in the 100m final – a result even more impressive considering he had a torn hamstring.

Two years later Gabriel made his Paralympic debut at the London Games. Although his preparation was disrupted by an ongoing hamstring injury, he managed to nab 6th place in his heat, and used this experience to secure a Oceanic record and podium finish at the IPC World Championships in Lyon the following year, crossing for silver in the final.

At the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio, Gabriel placed 4th in his heat and, qualifying on time, finished 7th in the final. The Malvern local is now working towards breaking the T46 world record.

The South Australian’s success off the track is equally impressive. He enjoys art, skateboarding, surfing, fashion, music, fixed gear cycling and spending time with his friends. He is currently studying a Bachelor of Interior Architecture at the University of SA, and launched a streetwear brand, ‘Beyond Killa’, with his mate, Lucas Croall, last year. The pair also paint murals, described as ‘contemporary and colourful motif decoration paintings’, and Gabriel produces art under the name, ‘Pirate Material’.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Athletics Disciplines: 100m Classification: T47