Ella Pardy grew up keenly interested in sport, so it comes as a surprise to most people that she didn’t start competing in athletics until the age of 16, after participating in a Special Olympics state day.
Although it took most of her teenage years to find her niche, Ella rose quickly to the top, debuting for Australia at the 2007 Special Olympics Shanghai World Games, where she won gold in the 100m sprint. Ella says that the happiness she felt standing atop the dais is etched into her memory, and motivated her massively ahead of her first Paralympic Games.
Ella developed cerebral palsy from asphyxiation during her 28-hour delivery, and at the age of three, she was also diagnosed with autism. She first got involved in sport in the hope it would ease her insomnia, participating in ice skating, swimming, basketball and horse riding.
In 2009 and 2011 Ella …Read More