Growing up in a large family of water sports competitors, Louise Ellery wanted to set herself apart. Her two brothers and sister have competed at national levels in swimming and water polo, but Louise made her mark on land as a dancer and basketball player.

A car accident in 1998 left Louise in a vegetative state after being in a coma for five months. Defying all odds, after not being ‘able’ enough to complete rehabilitation, she started athletics for some fresh air and a new challenge. She soon found an affinity with shot put and has now competed at four Paralympic Games.

First representing Australia at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens, Louise went on to achieve a world number one ranking for seated shot put in 2005. She was named the ACT Athletics Outstanding AWD Athlete in 2003-2004, 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 as well as the Athletics Australia Female Athlete …

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Date of birth
4 January 1977
Past Paralympic Games

Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016

Physical Impairment – Acquired brain injury
How acquired
Car accident
McKellar, ACT
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Winning silver in shot put at the London 2012 Paralympic Games

Greatest sporting moments

Breaking the world record in shot put at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi

Heroes/role models

Louise Sauvage


  • Sport: Para-athletics Discipline: Shot put Classification: F32

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