Australia has plenty of Paralympic chances - get the lowdown on who you’ll be cheering for come September.
By
Erin Byrnes

Source:
Zela
17 May 2016 - 7:30 AM  UPDATED 17 May 2016 - 7:30 AM

1. Ellie Cole

The golden girl of the 2012 Games, Cole grabbed 6 medals in London, including 4 gold.

At 24, she’s in peak form, and recently sent a warning shot to her rivals by breaking the eight year old world record in her pet event, the S9 50m freestyle.

 

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2. Tiffany Thomas-Kane

At just 14, Thomas-Kane is the youngest member of the team. She smashed a world record of her own at the Australian swimming championships in Adelaide last month, setting a new mark in the for 50m breaststroke (SB6).

3. Isis Holt

Holt is the current world champion and world record holder in 100m and 200m T35 events.

Expect to hear a lot more about Holt in the future - she’s also just 14, and will turn 15 in the lead up to Rio.

 

4. Angie Ballard

Veteran wheelchair racer Ballard has scored medals in the past three Paralympics. After picking up two silvers and bronze in London, she’ll be looking to add some shiny golden bling to her collection.  

5. Amanda Reynolds

With paracanoe featuring in the Paralympics for the first time, Reynolds - the current world champion - will have the chance to go for gold.

6. Melissa Tapper

Table tennis champion Tapper will become the first ever Aussie athlete to compete in both the Paralympic and Olympic Games.

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