Cole beaming as Paralympics career ends

Declaring “once a Paralympian, always a Paralympian”, record-breaking Australian swimmer Ellie Cole goes out on prime.

The 29-year-old’s worldwide swimming career ended on Thursday night time when received bronze as a member of the 4×100 medley relay workforce.

That, and her silver within the 4x100m freestyle relay, gave Cole 17 Paralympic medals – making her Australia’s most embellished feminine Paralympian.

The six-time gold medallist has yet another medal than fellow swimmer Priya Cooper, who received 9 gold.

“It was such a special night … It was nine days of gruelling competition. You always forget how tiring a Paralympics is,” the four-time Paralympian informed Channel Seven.

“But to be able to share my 17th medal with a relay team as well as to stand on the podium next to one of the all-time greatest swimmers in the whole Paralympic movement in (American) Jess Long, it was just such a fairytale ending to my Paralympic journey.

“I have not stopped smiling, I’m so proud to be a Paralympian.

“Once a Paralympian, always a Paralympian and I have some very treasured memories of my time on this team.”

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