When Ellie Cole left her room at the Australian Institute of Sport and headed for the airport on her way to the London Paralympic Games, she knew she could return as a gold medallist. Not only did she win gold, she did it four times in the 100m backstroke and freestyle and the 4x100m freestyle and medley relays, as well as collecting two bronze medals in the 50m and 400m freestyle. Citing exhaustion from London, Ellie took an extended break from swimming and underwent a much-needed double shoulder reconstruction which threatened her career. However, her passion for swimming eventually reignited and in 2015, Ellie made a stellar comeback to the international scene, breaking a world record in her first race at the IPC Swimming World Championships before she went on to bring home three gold and two silver medals. Going to her third Paralympic Games in Rio, Ellie was a… Read More

Quick Facts

Disability
Below right knee limb loss
Sport
Swimming
How acquired
Cancer - sarcoma
Date of Birth
December 12, 1991
Home
Granville, NSW
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 4x100m medley relay at London 2012

Greatest Moment

Australia winning the men’s 4x100m relay at the Sydney 2000 Olympics

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 50m freestyle Classification: S9
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 100m freestyle Classification: S9
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 400m freestyle Classification: S9
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 100m backstroke Classification: S9
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 4x100m medley relay Classification: S9
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 4x100m freestyle relay Classification: S9