6 August 1961

2015 Road World Championships – Gold: time trial; Silver: road race
2014 Road World Championships – Gold: time trial; road race
2013 Road World Championships – Gold: time trial; road race
London 2012 Paralympics – Gold: mixed time trial T1-2

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Carol Cooke- Paralympic Athlete
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Carol Cooke is a Canadian-born Australian cyclist, swimmer and rower who won a gold medal in the mixed time trial T1-2 at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

A keen swimmer, she was part of the Canadian national swimmingteam and was hoping to make it to the Moscow 1980 Olympics before her country boycotted the Games. She moved to Australia in 1994 and was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1998. In 2006 she took uprowing and narrowly missed out on being part of the 2008 Beijing Paralympics. Following this disappointment she switched to cycling.

Shortly after taking up the sport, Cooke won both the trial and road racing events at the 2011 AustralianPara-cycling Road Championships. She won gold medals in both the road race and road trial competitions at the 2011 Para-cycling Road World Cup in Australia and silver medals in the same events at that year’s UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships in Denmark.

In 2013 and 2014 she won both the time trial and road race events at the UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships.

A year later, in 2015, she retained her time trial world title in Nottwil, Switzerland, but had to settle for silver in the road race behind the USA’s Jill Walsh. She finished the year ranked second in the world after topping the podium in four World Cup events.

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