STORIES OF STRENGTH
THIS MONTH, PARALYMPIC GOLD MEDALLIST ELLIE COLE TALKS TO US ABOUT REAL STRENGTH
WHAT DO YOU FOCUS ON TO GIVE YOU AN EDGE IN TRAINING?
Flexibility is important in swimming. I’m blessed with hypermobility, but this has also contributed towards two shoulder reconstructions. I do a lot of prehabilitation and physiotherapy work to ensure I’m not putting too much stress on my shoulders.
WHAT’S THE KEY TO YOUR MENTAL TOUGHNESS?
I’ve lost count of how many athletes I’ve seen underperform, only because they couldn’t get into the right frame of mind. In order to practise mental strength, you need to continuously challenge and push yourself.
HOW DOES BEING IN THE POOL ALL DAY AFFECT YOUR HAIR?
Chlorine is a killer on hair. So is the sun and wind, which makes a pretty nasty prescription of dry hair. Thankfully, there are products that can help manage the damage. I use Pantene 3 Minute Miracle Conditioner to help with dryness and protect hair from UV damage.
“Pantene 3 Minute Miracle Conditioner insulates and hydrates hair to keep it looking and feeling soft and shiny.” REMINGTON SCHULZ, CELEBRITY STYLIST AND PANTENE AMBASSADOR
“Knowing you’ve given it everything you have will give you strength.” ELLIE COLE AUSTRALIA PARALYMPIC SWIMMER