ACU student Ellie Cole has further solidified her reputation as one of the stars of Australian swimming, claiming three medals at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio.
The 24-year-old pocketed Paralympic medals number 10, 11 and 12 courtesy of a second place finish in the 400m freestyle on Saturday morning (all times AEST), backing it up with a third in Tuesday’s 100m freestyle and second in Wednesday’s 50m freestyle final.
Competing at her third Paralympic Games, the Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science student excelled on the big stage, narrowly missing out on a fifth Paralympic gold medal in the 400m freestyle, finishing just .02 seconds behind Marques Soto Nuria form Spain.
Milly Tapper enjoyed a strong start to the table tennis competition, winning her opening match before narrow losses in her remaining pool matches saw her miss out on the semi-final stage. The Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science graduate will have a chance to bounce back in the women’s team event starting Thursday against Turkey.
The opportunities for Ellie to add to her 2016 Rio medal collection continue with the 100m backstroke, 4x100m medley relay and 4x100m freestyle relay.
Both Milly and Ellie have been part of ACU’s Elite Athlete and Performer Program (EAPP), which provides students who are athletes and performers with support and assistance as they aim to compete and perform on the biggest stage.
To find out more about ACU’s EAPP visit www.acu.edu.au/eapp.