Ellie’s Paralympic Journey
After losing her right leg to cancer at age 3, Ellie has gone on to become one of Australia’s most successful Paralympians.
Ellie grew up on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria and currently lives in the Upper North Shore of Sydney. Her performance at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games helped lay the foundations for her future achievements; picking up six medals at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
A major setback in Ellie’s career came in 2013 following a double shoulder reconstruction: she was told she may never swim again. Against all odds, Ellie pushed through and competed in the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
Today, with an impressive 15 Paralympic medals under her belt, it’s easy to see why Ellie is such an asset to Australian sport as she prepares for Tokyo 2020.
When she’s not pushing the boundaries of Australian sport, Ellie is busy advocating for others. She is passionate about championing diversity and inclusion in sport and beyond. As a result, Ellie was a guest speaker at Cannes Lions in 2019.
Never one to dwell on adversity, she's a truly inspirational athlete.
With training being so rigorous, recovery has been the most important tool in Ellie’s late twenties as she prepares for Tokyo 2020.