STO­RIES OF STRENGTH

THIS MONTH, PAR­A­LYMPIC GOLD MEDAL­LIST EL­LIE COLE TALKS TO US ABOUT REAL STRENGTH

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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

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