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 S9, women’s 100m freestyle S9, women’s 4x100m freestyle relay 34 Points and women’s 4x100m medley relay 34 Points. Ellie also won bronze in the women’s 50m freestyle S9 and women’s 400m freestyle S9. Ellie, who began swimming lessons after her right leg was amputated to combat a cancer diagnosis, wore national colours for the first time at the 2006 IPC Swimming World Championships in Durban, South Africa. Making a splash on the international scene almost immediately with a silver medal in the women’s 50m backstroke S9, she cemented her status as a future… 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
Para-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