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 …

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Date of birth
6 August 1961
Past Paralympic Games

London 2012, Rio 2016

Physical Impairment – Multiple sclerosis
How acquired
Autoimmune disorder
Northcote, VIC
Author, motivational speaker, professional fundraiser and event manager for MS Australia
Started competing
Sport career highlights

Winning gold in the mixed road time trial T1-2 at the 2012 London Paralympic Games

Greatest sporting moments

Watching her friend light the Olympic flame at the 1976 Games in Montreal

Heroes/role models

Australian marathon swimmer Tammy van Wisse


  • Sport: Para-cycling Discipline: Road race Classification: T2
  • Sport: Para-cycling Discipline: Road time trial Classification: T2

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