Ellie Cole Earns 6th National Title In Women’s 100 Back (S9 Class)


With the 2019 Australian National Championships serving as qualification for the 2019 World Para Swimming Championships, there were plenty of multi-class swimmers in action on night 2 at the SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre.

Ellie Cole broke through with the win in the women’s S9 100m backstroke multi-class in 1:10.20, becoming the first female para athlete ever to win the same event an incredible 6 times at a national championships.

After already crushing his own World Record en route to silver in the men’s 400m free multi-class race on night 1, S14 swimmer Liam Schluter collected more hardware with 50m fly gold in 27.05.

Taylor Corry (S14) took the women’s 50m fly multi-class gold, while Timothy Hodge earned a spot on the World Para Swimming Championships squad with a 1:02.73 personal best in the men’s 100m back.

All para races were swum as multi-class races, meaning athletes from all classifications competed in the same event, with the Para-swimmer recording a time closest to their class world record crowned the winner.

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Miss M

Such a good swim by Ellie … nice to see her getting back to her best.


It’s obvious the move from her old training ground to a new one has been a positive choice for her. Wishing her well as she heads into Tokyo. It’s unfortunate though that she now has to compete alongside Patterson, who, after the 400m freestyle on the first day, clearly should be up in the S10 class after just getting pipped by fellow training partner Murphy S10. Patterson led most of the race only to be touched out at the last second. Let’s see what happens in the 100 free.


Mary, you may not be aware that Patterson began her international career as an S7 setting a World Record in the 50 backstroke. Are there any other swimmers who have been moved up two classes? I would be interested to know. For someone who began her career claiming moderate CP AND Early Onset Parkinsons Disease, she has gotten faster and faster whilst radically adjusting her stroke to suit her new classification accordingly – every single time she’s been put up a class. Her improvement curve has sailed by any that can be contributed to solid coaching and strength improvement, particularly given the nature of her alleged multiple disabilities. She should be kicked out completely, not classed up yet again. Shame… Read more »


She is claiming cyber bullying. The answer is simple – stop the farce and people will stop expressing their disgust at the blatant fraud.


Disheartened, I have read her post about being bullied and all the issues that she claims she has suffered ie barely sleeping, feeling worthless and physically sick, then how has she been able to produce the personal best times that she has swum this week? I’m sorry but that just doesn’t make any sense and sounds more like her trying to get sympathy


totally agree


Barely sleeping due to guilt and the future humiliation associated with being exposed as a fraud perhaps, but I wager she feels no guilt. Only a cold, heartless individual could keep this farce going.


Greg you are 100% correct with your assessment!!!

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After 16 years at a Fortune 1000 financial company, long-time swimmer Retta Race decided to change lanes and pursue her sporting passion. She currently is Coach for the Northern KY Swordfish Masters, a team she started up in December 2013, while also offering private coaching. Retta is also an MBA …

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