Sports fanatic, workaholic, former undercover police officer and multiple sclerosis advocate, Carol Cooke is one of the most inspirational figures in Australian sport.
Having worked with the drug squad in her native Canada for 14 years, Carol was devastated when she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis as a 36-year-old in 1998.
Within three years she was a full-time wheelchair user, but through regular exercise and Botox injections in her legs, Carol regained the ability to walk. Not long after, she was identified at a Paralympic Talent Search Day.
A former national swimmer, she was on track to compete at the Moscow 1980 Olympic Games when the Canadian team boycotted in protest of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.
Her dream of representing her country was reignited after taking up rowing in 2006. Narrowly missing a place on the 2008 Paralympic Team, she placed sixth at the 2009 World Rowing Championships in …Read More