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Paralympian and Motivational Speaker


Paralympian Ellie Cole is like no one you’ve ever met before. After losing her right leg to cancer at age 3, in 2021 she became Australia’s most decorated female Paralympic athlete, with a record-breaking 17 Paralympic medals and OAM to her name.

In her 15 years in the pool, Ellie has risen to prolific heights and, in recognition, she was honoured as the flagbearer at the Tokyo 2020 Closing Ceremony.

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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. She is incredibly passionate about diversity and inclusion, leveraging her strong platform as an athlete to highlight important causes.

She has a strong and engaged social following and is well loved by the media having appeared on the cover of countless magazines and across various broadcast programs.

Talking Points

Motivational Mindset

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. 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.

Diversity, Inclusion & Positive Impact

Throughout Ellie’s career as a Paralympic athlete, she has seen first-hand how genuine acceptance and encouragement of diversity and inclusion practices can be a serious game changer. Not only does diversity provide society and individuals with an empowering competitive advantage, but it also brings together people from different backgrounds to excel in creativity, problem solving and innovation. Here Ellie shares her tips and experiences in building brilliantly diverse teams and communities and the enormous benefit we can all enjoy from it.

Accessible Communities & Environments

The tourism industry contributes 10.8 billion dollars to our Australian Visitor Economy, which is greater than the Chinese tourism industry. With an estimated 20% of Australian adults having a disability and an ageing population, the disability sector is set to grow. So, how we can change our world to accommodate people living with an impairment? Through the process of universal design, our world can be accessed, understood and used by all people regardless of their age, size, ability or disability. An inclusive world is not waiting for a special occasion to address issues in our environment, but doing the best we can to address issues in our communities so they can be enjoyed by all.
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! Westpac Group
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