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COLE Ellie
Sport Para athletics, Para swimming, Wheelchair Basketball
NPC Australia   
GenderWomen
Age28
Place of BirthMelbourne, AUS
Height1.75 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S9, SB8, SM9
Further Personal Information
Residence
Sydney, NSW, AUS
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Higher education
Coaching, Exercise Science - University of Canberra: Australia
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She learnt to swim at age three. She began competing in 2003.
Why this sport?
Her mother took her swimming as part of her rehabilitation following the amputation of her right leg. She participated in a number of sports at school, but she decided to focus on swimming as some of her teachers were reluctant for her to play team sports. "I think that's why I really enjoyed swimming: it was a sport where I could just get in there. I was representing myself and no one could take me out of it."
Club / Team
Knox Pymble SC: Sydney, NSW, AUS
Name of coach
Simon Cusack [personal], from 2019
Training Regime
She trains at the Knox Grammar School pool in Pymble, NSW, Australia. Her sessions last for between four and six hours a day. "Usually, we are in the pool but we also mix up our sessions with weights, cardio and Pilates."
Senior International Debut
Year
2006
Competing for
Australia
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Durban, RSA
General Interest
Nicknames
El (vis.org.au, 17 Dec 2009)
Hobbies
Cycling, wheelchair basketball, cooking, rock climbing. (womenshealth.com.au, 28 Dec 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Being able to compete again after undergoing reconstruction surgery on both shoulders in 2013. (womenshealth.com.au, 19 Sep 2019)
Hero / Idol
Australian triathlete Emma Moffatt, South African Para swimmer Natalie Du Toit. (paralympic.org.au, 28 Feb 2015, 01 Feb 2012)
Injuries
She fractured the fifth metatarsal on her left foot in 2017. The injury affected her training for three months. (sunshinecoastdaily.com.au, 22 Feb 2018)

In 2013 she underwent surgery on both of her shoulders. She returned to full fitness in August 2014. (paralympic.org, 28 Dec 2014; hillsnews.com.au, 13 Aug 2014)

She broke her ankle in 2002 and was out of action for four months. (Athlete, 29 Dec 2010)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Better to get a sore neck from aiming too high than a hunchback from aiming too low." (performerawards.com.au, 18 Nov 2011)
Awards and honours
She was a co-recipient of the 2015 Golden Moment of the Year presented by Swimming Australia. The honour was in recognition of the three gold medals she won at the 2015 World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. (swimswam.com, 05 Sep 2015)

She was named the 2015 Sportswoman of the Year by the Australian edition of 'Cosmopolitan' magazine. (cosmopolitan.com.au, 18 Nov 2015)

She received the Medal of the Order of Australia [OAM] in 2014. (paralympic.org.au, 26 Jan 2014)

In August 2011 she was named Athlete of the Month by the International Paralympic Committee [IPC]. (swimming.org.au, 28 Nov 2013)

She received a sport achievement prize from the Australian Institute of Sport [AIS] in recognition of her performance at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (ausport.gov.au, 17 Dec 2009)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (7news.com.au, 14 Nov 2019)
Impairment
She was diagnosed with cancer in her right leg at age two. The limb was amputated after chemotherapy was unsuccessful. (paralympic.org.au, 15 Jul 2010)
Other information
NEW APPROACH
In 2019 she relocated to Sydney, NSW, Australia, to start swimming alongside Australian able-bodied swimmers Cate Campbell and Bronte Campbell under the guidance of coach Simon Cusack. "I have been to three Paralympic Games and I am still trying new things, which is really cool. I did pretty well [at the 2016 Paralympic Games] in Rio de Janeiro but my times weren't where I wanted them to be. So I left pretty disappointed. It's been really interesting training with the Campbell sisters because they don't really do too much kick work, whereas all my old training programmes have been all about kick, kick, kick. For me it is about not only getting back to where I was [at the 2012 Paralympic Games] in London but I want to go faster. I just care about posting faster times. Simon thinks I can do it and I really want to give it one last crack." (paralympic.org, 24 Jan 2019)

FURTHER EDUCATION
She has studied exercise science at the Australian Catholic University in Sydney, NSW, Australia. (dailytelegraph.com.au, 09 Aug 2015)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para swimming
Rank Year Event Result
2 2008 100m Butterfly S9 1:10.92
4 2008 100m Freestyle S9 1:04.24
3 2008 400m Freestyle S9 4:44.60
3 2008 100m Backstroke S9 1:11.87
8 2008 200m Individual Medley SM9 2:42.26
4 2012 100m Butterfly S9 1:10.40
1 2012 100m Backstroke S9 1:09.42
1 2012 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points 4:20.39
3 2012 400m Freestyle S9 4:42.87
3 2012 50m Freestyle S9 29.28
Heats 2012 200m Individual Medley SM9 2:44.31
1 2012 100m Freestyle S9 1:02.77
1 2012 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points 4:53.95
2 2016 400m Freestyle S9 4:42.58
3 2016 100m Freestyle S9 1:02.93 
2 2016 50m Freestyle S9 29.13 
1 2016 100m Backstroke S9 1:09.18 
1 2016 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points 4:16.65 WR
2 2016 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points 4:45.85
World Championships - Para swimming
Rank Year Event Result
9 2006 100m Freestyle S9 1:10.03
6 2006 400m Freestyle S9 5:02.07
2 2006 100m Backstroke S9 1:13.38
7 2006 100m Butterfly S9 1:20.24
5 2006 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points 5:00.00
6 2006 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points 5:40.67
14 2010 100m Butterfly S9 1:17.23
3 2010 200m Individual Medley SM9 2:42.13
5 2010 100m Freestyle S9 1:06.19
3 2010 400m Freestyle S9 4:49.71
8 2010 50m Freestyle S9 32.31
5 2010 100m Backstroke S9 1:15.07
7 2010 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points 5:19.65
1 2015 100m Backstroke S9 1:08.67
1 2015 100m Freestyle S9 1:02.78
3 2015 50m Freestyle S9 29.61
1 2015 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points 4:24.17
2 2015 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points 4:53.88
4 2019 100m Freestyle S9 1:03.33
2 2019 100m Backstroke S9 1:10.42
3 2019 400m Freestyle S9 4:45.56
5 2019 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points 5:05.21
5 2019 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points 4:32.06
Commonwealth Games (Overall) - Para swimming
Rank Year Event Result
4 2010 50m Freestyle S9 30.23
3 2010 100m Freestyle S9 1:05.20
3 2010 100m Butterfly S9 1:14.04
2 2018 100m Backstroke S9 1:11.51
3 2018 100m Freestyle S9 1:03.36
World Championships Short Course - Para swimming
Rank Year Event Result
3 2009 100m Backstroke S9 1:10.05
3 2009 200m Individual Medley SM9 2:36.01
3 2009 400m Freestyle S9 4:42.48
3 2009 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points 4:37.04