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Paralympic Swimmer

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About me

  • Swimming
  • Paralympics
  • Gold Medallist
  • Basketball
  • Swimming
  • 2018 Commonwealth Games
  • Athlete
  • Australian team

With an OAM & 15 Paralympic medals under her belt including the 2 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze she took home at the 2016 Rio Paralympic games, Ellie Cole has become one of Australia's most accomplished Paralympians.

At age three, Ellie’s right leg was amputated after she suffered a life-threatening sarcoma cancer. Rather than dwell on adversity, Ellie has instead shown an incredible ability to overcome the odds to be where she is today.

After outstanding success at the London Paralympics in 2012, Ellie endured a heartbreaking double shoulder reconstruction and was faced with the prospect of never swimming again. Rather than give in, she fought her way back. Her most recent Paralympics campaign in Rio was a huge success earning 6 medals from the 6 swimming events she competed in.

It’s not only Ellie’s courageous story but her unrivaled sense of humor, wonderful humility, and never-say-die attitude that makes her a true inspiration.

She has a strong social media following and is profiled regularly across both Australian and global media is a favorite with broadcast outlets and magazines alike and has appeared in everything from local publications and platforms such as Vogue, ABC Grandstand, The Morning Show, and the Daily Telegraph. More recently, her global reach has extended due to her ongoing work with WOWOW Productions in Japan and more recently as a feature story in the film Rising Phoenix to be released to Netflix later this month.

She has been nominated for (and in some cases won) a swag of awards including ABC Sports Personality of the Year, and the AFR Westpac’s Women of Influence

In June 2019, she was invited to the Cannes Lions to share with some of the world’s biggest and best brands and agencies, the importance of diversity in telling real ‘human stories’

Ellie is currently in training for Tokyo 202One. She has plans to continue swimming until at least the Commonwealth Games in 2022.

She is passionate about the subject of diversity and inclusion and how diversity provides society and individuals with an empowering competitive advantage to develop true excellence in creativity, problem-solving, and innovation. 

Listen to Ellie's On Her Game Podcast episode to find out more about her journey: 


Based in

  • New South Wales

Available in

  • New South Wales

Available for

  • Birthday party appearance
  • Attend an event
  • Record a video message
  • Deliver a speech
  • Team announcement (captain, awards etc.)
  • Message for specific person
  • Club or event promotion
  • Video Q&A
  • Guest speaking
  • Product launch