Quick Facts

How acquired
Physical Impairment – Cerebral Palsy
Date of Birth
December 22, 1990
Duncraig, WA
Started Competing
First Competed for Australia
Games Experience

Rio 2016


Kurt Fearnley

Career Highlights

Winning gold at the 2013 Australian Athletics Championships in Sydney

Greatest Moment

Cathy Freeman winning gold in the 400m at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney


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 represented Australia at the INAS Global Games for Para-athletes with an intellectual disability, but was reclassified as a T38 athlete to reflect her cerebral palsy. At the 2014 WA State Championships, Ella ran the 100m just 0.06 seconds off world record pace.

She confirmed she has what it takes to compete at the highest level when she ran the third fastest time ever in the 200m at the 2015 WA Athletics Championships. Ella travelled to Rio the following year to represent Australia at her first Paralympic Games, where she won bronze in the 4x100m relay.

Coached by Sebastian Kuzminski, Ella is the current Australian and Oceanic record holder in the 100m and 200m, and is ranked number five in the world in the 100m.

Outside of sport, Ella enjoys listening to music, singing, dancing and playing Candy Crush. Her favourite movie is Frozen and she loves to watch MasterChef.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Athletics Disciplines: 100m Classification: T38
  • Sport: Athletics Disciplines: 4x100m relay Classification: T38