/ 25 August 2021

The Paralympics: Ellie Cole

Each day of the Tokyo Paralympics, we’ll bring you a profile of an athlete you should know about, a sport that’s worth checking out, or achievements of the previous day. And today, it’s all about swimmer Ellie Cole.

With 15 Paralympic medals to her name (including 6 gold) for 50-400m events across freestyle, backstroke and butterfly, this is Ellie Cole’s 4th Games. As a 2yo, Cole’s right leg was amputated as a result of cancer. Her mum took her swimming for rehab 2 months after surgery, and the experts said it would take a year for her to swim in a straight line. It took her 2 weeks… She’s now 29yo, and she showed the same determination by moving from Melbourne to Sydney in 2019 to train alongside Cate and Bronte Campbell when she could have retired after a glittering career. “My goal is to go over there and do the best race plan I can, swim a time I’m proud of, and hope there is a medal at the end of that.” Go you good thing… Cole and compatriot Lakeisha Patterson (also a great medal chance) start their campaigns in the 400m freestyle this morning at 10.21am (AEST).

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