FOR PARALYMPIC SWIMMER AND TOYOTA AMBASSADOR ELLIE COLE, OVERCOMING HER DISABILITY GAVE HER OPPORTUNITIES SHE PREVIOUSLY NEVER THOUGHT WOULD BE POSSIBLE
As a kid, Ellie Cole missed out on a lot of things. After being diagnosed with a rare cancer aged three, Ellie’s right leg was amputated and her parents were given a list of things she would never be able to do with a prosthetic leg, like ride a bike or walk through the waves at the beach. But Ellie could swim, and swim she did, never using her disability as an excuse. Her resilience and determination saw her rise through the competitive ranks to bring home paralympic golds. In 2017 Toyota facilitated the purchase of an Ottobock Genium X3 for Ellie, a waterproof robotic prosthesis that gave her mobility and freedom she never had before. And then, for the first time, Ellie relished the joy of walking in the sea.
Ellie’s positivity is infectious, as seen at the Women’s Health Women in Sport event where she shared her story. She also spends time speaking with other athletes and kids with disabilities, inspiring them to explore life’s possibilities. “Life’s a precious gift,” she says “I don’t want to waste that.”
SUPPORTING WOMEN IN SPORT
Australians believe in supporting each other, and while it’s one thing to say it, it’s another to actually do it. As Toyota supported Ellie, it is also supporting all women as principal sponsor of Women in Sport, helping to drive athletes of every stage in their quest for mobility and to live life to the fullest.
“If you offered me the chance to go back 20 years and have two legs, I would say no...” Ellie Cole
TOYOTA AMBASSADOR ELLIE COLE ATTENDING AN AFL INCLUSION EVENT IN TASMANIA