When Ellie Cole left her room at the Australian Institute of Sport and headed for the airport on her way to the London 2012 Paralympic Games, she told herself she would return home a gold medallist. Not only did she win gold, she did it four times over, touching the wall first in the Women’s 100m Backstroke and Freestyle S9, and the 4x100m Freestyle and Medley Relays 34 points. Ellie also collected two bronze medals in the 50m and 400m Freestyle. After a successful second Games campaign, she took an extended break from Para-swimming to undergo and recover from double shoulder reconstruction surgery. Then, in a stellar return to the international scene at the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, she twice broke the 100m Backstroke world record, on her way to winning three gold and two silver medals. A favourite in the lead-up to Rio 2016, Ellie… Read More

Quick Facts

Disability
Physical Impairment – Right leg limb loss
Sport
Para-swimming
How acquired
Sarcoma
Date of Birth
December 12, 1991
Home
Sunshine Coast, QLD
Occupation
Athlete
Started Competing
2003
First Competed for Australia
2006
Games Experience

Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016

Heroes

Natalie Du Toit, Kerry Hoare and Emma Moffatt

Career Highlights

Winning gold in the Women’s 4x100m Medley Relay 34 Points at the London 2012 Paralympic Games

Greatest Moment

Australia winning the Men’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Para-swimming Disciplines: 50m Freestyle Classification: S9
  • Sport: Para-swimming Disciplines: 100m Freestyle Classification: S9
  • Sport: Para-swimming Disciplines: 400m Freestyle Classification: S9
  • Sport: Para-swimming Disciplines: 100m Backstroke Classification: S9
  • Sport: Para-swimming Disciplines: 4x100m Medley Relay Classification: S9
  • Sport: Para-swimming Disciplines: 4x100m Freestyle Relay Classification: S9