Ellie Cole OAM

Granville, New South Wales

Trailblazer, Paralympian

Ellie started swimming at age three, soon after losing her leg to cancer. What began as a form of rehabilitation turned into a stellar sporting career. Competing in the pool at the past two Paralympics, Ellie took home four gold medals, a silver and two bronze. In 2013, following a double shoulder reconstruction, she was told she would never swim again. Being the true champion she is, Ellie returned to the pool and went on to win two gold medals, three silvers and a bronze at the Rio Paralympics: “To me, my disability has never been a limitation. Instead, it’s been my challenge to work on, work through and finally overcome.”