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There are opptunities availabe for anyone who wants to swim.  Swimming provides a range opptunites for swimmers with a disability.  A fantastic sport for everyone.  

See below a video on Multi Class swimmer Elllie Cole - who has taken every opportunity to be the best she can be.




Hailing from Frankston, Victoria, Ellie was diagnosed with cancer at the age of two. After a round of treatment that did not reduce the cancer, her parents made the decision to amputate her leg at 3 years of age.

Two days after the surgery, Ellie was standing on her new prosthetic leg and with the encouragement of her mother Jenny she was walking steadily within a few weeks.  As part of her rehabilitation, Ellie started swimming lessons. Expected to take a year to swim a straight line because of her body’s new reduction in symmetry, it took the natural born swimmer just two weeks.

Ellie made her Australian debut at 16 when she competed at the 2006 IPC Swimming World Championships. Making a splash almost immediately, she won a silver medal in the 50m backstroke and made a name for herself in international swimming circles. Focussing on her medal-winning stroke, she was selected to compete at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games and won one silver and two bronze medals.

While Ellie has a long list of accomplishments to her name, she says her gold medal performance as part of the 4x100m medley relay team at London 2012 is her career highlight. She recalls the incredible final moment of the race where Australia stormed home to defeat the host nation as a combination of pure happiness and sheer relief, and says winning in front of a crowd cheering for another team made the moment particularly competitive and satisfying.

Ellie is now a three time Paralympian – 2008 Beijing, 2012 London and 2016 Rio. Ellie won Silver & Bronze in Beijing, 4 Gold and 2 Bronze in London and in Rio won 2 Gold, 3 Silver & a Bronze in Rio.

Classificiation: S9



Swimming Australia has developed the Multi Class Swimming Engagement Portal to assist swimmers with disability to Get Classified, Get Involved and Get Discovered!

Get Classified – Need a classification? This is your start point! In this section you will be asked to provide information about your impairment to determine if you might be eligible. You will then be provided with the information you need to go and get classified.

Get Involved – Want to Go Swim? We want to help! In this section you will provide us with some basic personal and contact information. This will then enable us to better assist you in finding the right opportunities for you.

Get Discovered – Got some talent? We want to know! In this section you will be asked to tell us about your swimming ability. But first we recommend you complete our three simple Talent Tests. Download the Talent Tests below. Do the tests with your coach and record the results. Then return here to complete the form with your test results. This will enable us to determine if you have the potential to be a champion.

Download Talent Tests

Download talent tests here

At the end of the process this information will be analysed by Swimming Australia and if you have asked us for help someone will be in touch to follow up, usually within a couple of weeks. 

When you are ready click here to get started!

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