Surfer Dane Reynolds, musician Morrissey, Martin Scorsese, skateboarders Mark Gonzales and John Cardiel
Selection for the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games team, winning 100m gold at 2011 Nationals
2010 Commonwealth Games experience
Gabriel Cole describes himself as an artistic, passionate and driven individual. On the track, however, he believes that it’s his strong mind and aggressive running style that sets him apart from the rest of the field.
Born with a minor deformity of his left hand, Gabriel entered the world of Paralympic sport in 2009 after being recommended to coach Stephen Butler by one of his school teachers. By the tender age of 18, he had already achieved what many dream of their whole life – representing their country on the world stage.
In a short space of time Gabriel has represented Australia at the Oceania Games in Cairns, has been named South Australian AWD Athlete of the Year and more recently was named in the Australian team for the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games, a feat that he rates as his greatest sporting moment.
He is passionate about athletics and cites the thrill of running fast, wearing your country’s colours and meeting great people as his favourite aspects of the sport. His ongoing rivalry with fellow Australian Simon Patmore is helping to drive the South Australian towards performing strongly at the London 2012 Games.
He warmed up for his first Paralympic Games with a successful trip to Europe, including both a gold and silver medal at the 2011 German Nationals. Gabriel also impressed at the 2011 National Titles, winning gold in the 100m event.
Away from the track, Gabriel enjoys art, skateboarding, surfing, fashion, music, fixed gear cycling and spending time with his friends. Once his sporting career has finished, he would like to one day become an interior designer/artist and is currently completing a degree in Interior Architecture.