End­less pos­si­bil­ity

FOR PAR­A­LYMPIC SWIM­MER AND TOY­OTA AM­BAS­SADOR ELLIE COLE, OVER­COM­ING HER DIS­ABIL­ITY GAVE HER OP­POR­TU­NI­TIES SHE PRE­VI­OUSLY NEVER THOUGHT WOULD BE POS­SI­BLE

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ELLIE’S JOUR­NEY

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.

IN­SPIR­ING OTH­ERS

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

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