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Ella Pardy (WA)

DOB: 22 Dec 1990 Age: 
ATHLETE profile

Classification: T38
Coach: Braiden Clarke
Previous Coach: Sebastian Kuzminski
Event: 100m
International Experience:
1 x Paralympic Games (2016),
2 x World Championships (2015, 2017),
1 x Commonwealth Games (2014)
BRONZE2016 Paralympic Games – T35-38 4x100m relay

Personal Bests
100m: 13.06
200m: 28.68

Ella Pardy grew up keenly interested in sport, so it comes as a surprise to most people that she didn’t start competing in athletics until the age of 16, after participating in a Special Olympics state day.

Although it took most of her teenage years to find her niche, Ella rose quickly to the top, making her debut for Australia at the 2007 Special Olympics Shanghai World Games, where she won gold in the 100m sprint. Ella says that the happiness she felt standing atop the dais is etched into her memory, and motivated her massively ahead of her first Paralympic Games.

Ella developed cerebral palsy from asphyxiation during her 28-hour delivery, and at the age of three, she was also diagnosed with autism. She first got involved in sport in the hope it would ease her insomnia, participating in ice skating, swimming, basketball and horse riding.

In 2009 and 2011 Ella represented Australia at the INAS Global Games for Para-athletes with an intellectual disability but was reclassified as a T38 athlete to reflect her cerebral palsy. She made her international debut at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games where she placed ninth in the long jump. The next year she was off to the World Para- Athletics Championships, placing fifth in both sprints. At the Rio Paralympics, she slipped to sixth in the 100m, but proudly assisted the Australian 4x100m relay team to bronze. The next global meet for Ella was the London 2017 World Para Athletics Championships where she placed sixth in the 100m and fifth in the 200m.

As one of the quickest T38 100m sprinters in Australia she was in a good position for selection for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Her second place amongst T38 sprinters at the trials and eight qualifying marks locked up her selection for the Games.

Outside of sport, Ella enjoys listening to music, singing, dancing and playing Candy Crush. Her favourite movie is Frozen, and she loves to watch MasterChef.

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