Saturday, September 01, 2012

Ellie Cole wins gold at Paralympics

Ellie Cole from The Melbourne suburb of Frankston won gold medal at the 2012 Paralympics in London
"Ellie Cole was similarly dominant in women's S9 100m backstroke final, also setting a new Oceania best time. She finished 1.65 seconds up on Britain's Stephanie Millward." She won the silver medal in the 100m butterfly in 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games.
From the Wikipedia article:
" At two years of age she was diagnosed with a rare tumour, a sarcoma that was wrapped around the nerves of her right leg.[3]After unsuccessful attempts to treat her cancer with chemotherapy, her right leg was amputated above the knee on 14 February 1994.[6] Eight weeks after the surgery, as part of her rehabilitation, Cole's mother Jenny enrolled her in swimming lessons at the Kings Swimming Club in Mornington. The instructors expected Cole to take about a year to learn how to swim in a straight line, but it took her two weeks."
I met her parents a couple of times. They are good hardworking middle class Australians who spend part of their time and money in social work.
P.S. A recent interview with Ellie Cole

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