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

Quick Facts

Disability
Physical Impairment – Multiple sclerosis
Sport
Para-cycling
How acquired
Autoimmune disorder
Date of Birth
August 6, 1961
Home
Northcote, VIC
Occupation
Author, motivational speaker, professional fundraiser and event manager for MS Australia
Started Competing
2011
Games Experience

London 2012, Rio 2016

Heroes

Australian marathon swimmer Tammy van Wisse

Career Highlights

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

Greatest Moment

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

Sports & Disciplines

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