Dare to face your fears, believe in yourself, you can achieve anything
- Home town:
Toronto, Canada / Melbourne, Australia
- Occupation / Area of Study / Work:
- Hero / Most Admired Athlete:
Tammy van Wisse
- Date of birth:
6 August 1961
- Event(s) / Discipline:
Time Trial, Road Race
- Home Club:
St Kilda Cycling Club
Physical Impairment – Multiple sclerosis
- Olympic / Paralympic History:
2012 London Paralympics - Gold - Mixed M/W T2 Road Time Trial
2016 Rio Paralympics - Gold WT2 Road Time Trial
2016 Rio Paralympics - Gold WT2 Road Race
2020 Tokyo Paralympics - Silver WT2 Road Time Trial
- World Championships History:
9 x World Champion, 5 x Silver Medals
2011 - 2 x Silver, 2013 - 2 x Gold, 2014 - 2 x Gold, 2015 - 1 Gold, 1 Silver, 2017 - 2 x Gold, 2018 - 2 x Silver, 2019 - 2 x Gold
- Sporting Highlights:
VIS Award of Excellence Winner 2017
Two-time Paralympian Carol Cooke is one of the most motivating figures in Australian sport.
She first dreamed of representing her country as a 14-year-old Canadian national watching the Opening Ceremony of the Montréal 1976 Olympic Games. Over the next four years, she put everything she had into becoming the best swimmer she could be, but when Canada decided to boycott the Moscow 1980 Olympic Games, Carol’s dream was shattered. Or so she thought.
A little over three decades’ later, Carol made her Paralympic debut at the London 2012 Paralympic Games – for Australia, no less. By then, she had made the switch from swimming to Para-rowing to Para-cycling, and had never been more ready to take on the world. Carol competed in two events and won a gold medal in the mixed time trial T1-2.
Over the following four years, Carol took her career to new heights, and by the time the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games rolled around, she was the back-to-back-to-back world champion in the women’s individual time trial T2, and a two-time world champion in the women’s road race T2. As the odds-on favourite to win gold, Carol did not disappoint.
With the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games just around the corner, Carol is ready and raring to defend her Paralympic titles. As her field becomes more and more competitive, the task has never been more difficult, but if anyone is up for the job, it’s Carol.
Credit: Paralympics Australia