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COLE Ellie
Sport Para swimming, Wheelchair Basketball
NPC Australia   
GenderWomen
Age26
Place of BirthMelbourne, AUS
Height1.74 m
Weight 55 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S9, SB8, SM9
Further Personal Information
Residence
Parramatta, 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.
Club / Team
USC Spartans: Sippy Downs, QLD, AUS
Name of coach
Nathan Doyle [club]; Leigh Nugent [national]
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. (paralympic.org.au, 2015; hillsnews.com.au, 13 Aug 2014)
Hero / Idol
Australian triathlete Emma Moffatt, South African Para swimmer Natalie Du Toit. (paralympic.org.au, 28 Feb 2015, 01 Feb 2012)
Injuries
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. The injury kept her 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 awarded 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. (paralympic.org, 18 Apr 2017)
Impairment
She was diagnosed with cancer in her right leg at age two. After chemotherapy was unsuccessful, the leg was amputated. (paralympic.org.au, 15 Jul 2010)
Other information
RETURN TO THE POOL
She planned to retire following the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. However, she returned to the pool in January 2015 after recovering from surgery on both her shoulders in 2013. "I had some reflection time after my surgeon explained that having a shoulder reconstruction could see me out of the pool indefinitely. Having the thoughts of never being able to swim again made me realise just how lucky I was and just how much I loved to compete." (paralympic.org.au, 05 Jan 2015; swimswam.com, 29 Dec 2014)

OTHER STUDIES
She has also 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
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