As a toddler, Ellie Cole was diagnosed with cancer and her right leg was amputated as part of her treatment. Ellie attended swimming lessons at Kings Swimming Club in Mornington as part of her
Ellie made her debut on the world stage at the International Paralympics Committee World Swimming Championships in 2006.
Ellie has since competed in the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing, and after competing in the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, she had her sights set on the 2012 London Paralympics where she won gold in the 100m backstroke, beating her idol Natalie du Toit.
In her short career she has competed in many world class events and broken numerous age and National records, as well as three world records.
Ellie is currently based at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra studying Exercise Science at
University, is Captain of the Australian Paralympic Team and mentors other young up and coming athletes.
Discover more about Ellie Cole through a brief video.