Ellie Cole OAM
With an OAM & 17 Paralympic medals under her belt, in 2021 Ellie Cole became Australia’s most decorated female Paralympians. It’s not only her courageous story but her unrivalled sense of humour, wonderful humility and never-say-die attitude that make her a true inspiration.
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Testimonials for Ellie Cole OAM
“The thing that struck me most about Ellie is how down-to-earth she is. Even though she’s a 6 time Paralympic gold medal winner, she could just as easily be the friend you knew from school. She’s funny and she quickly connected with the audience (250 people who were under 30 years old). Wow, what an inspirational young woman!”
JIM LIU, WESTPAC GROUP
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Ellie Cole OAM's Biography
With an OAM & 17 Paralympic medals under her belt, in 2021 Ellie Cole became Australia’s most decorated female Paralympians. At age three, her right leg was amputated after she suffered a life-threatening sarcoma cancer, but rather than dwell on adversity, Ellie has instead shown an incredible ability to overcome the odds.
It’s not only her courageous story but her unrivalled sense of humour, wonderful humility and never-say-die attitude that make her a true inspiration. Inspire employees as to what they can achieve with the right mindset with one of the most motivational young speakers around.
She says having a disability has taught her that things don’t always go our way, and how important it is to focus on the positive and move forward. A lot of people have emotional limitations that prevent them from living the lives they want to live - but Ellie says these are stepping stones that are easy to overcome - once you know how.
In her 16yrs in the pool, Ellie has risen to prolific heights and, in recognition was honoured as the flagbearer at the Tokyo 2020 Closing Ceremony.
Ellie is raw and real, funny and wonderfully charismatic, refreshingly humble and completely unaware of the true inspiration she is. A popular speaker, she finds ways to connect with her audiences; whether students, corporate teams or senior boards and she is incredibly passionate about the subject of diversity and inclusion, leveraging her strong platform as an athlete to highlight important causes.
It’s not only Ellie’s courageous story but her unrivalled sense of humour, wonderful humility and never-say-die attitude that make her a true Australian inspiration.
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Shifting your mindset can be the difference between a happy, fulfilled existence and a daily struggle. After a year of unsuccessful chemotherapy, Ellie’s parents made the heartbreaking decision to amputate her leg. She jumped into a swimming pool eight weeks later for rehabilitation - and has been there ever since. Ellie’s keynote is about embracing life and adapting to change.
DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION – TOLLS, TROLLS AND POSITIVE IMPACT
Throughout Ellie’s career as a Paralympic athlete, she has seen first-hand how diversity and inclusion is a serious game changer. Not only does diversity provide society and individuals with an empowering competitive advantage, it also brings together people from different backgrounds to excel in creativity, problem solving and innovation.