It’s amazing how dreams can become goals and goals can become reality if you put the hard work in and believe in yourself!

1968 – 7 years old I watched my first Olympics

1970 – 9 years old – My dream was to represent Canada at the Olympics in gymnastics.

1976 – 15 years old – My goal was to represent Canada at the Moscow Olympics as a swimmer

1980 – 18 years old – My goal is crushed by the boycott of the games by the western world

1998 – 36 years old – Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis told I would never to this ‘silly sport stuff’ again!

2005 – 44 years old – Competed as a Para swimmer at the World Masters Games – 6 gold, 1 silver medals

2008 – 47 years old – My goal was to represent Australia at the Beijing Paralympics in Para Rowing – our crew missed out on a spot by 0.8 seconds.

2012 – 51 years old – Attain my goal and represented Australia at the London Paralympics in Para Cycling – 1 gold medal

2013 – 52 years old – Became a World Champion in Para Cycling

2016 – 55 years old – My goal attained once again and represented Australia at the Rio Paralympics in Para Cycling – 2 gold medals

2021 – 60 years old – I’m still shaking my head about to head to Tokyo to represent Australia at the Paralympic games in Para Cycling – My Goal? – to do the best that I can and bring back another gold medal!

‘Never give up your dreams, turn them in goals, put in all the hard work, believe in yourself and you can accomplish ANYTHING!’ ~ Carol Cooke AM


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  1. LYNNETTE STACKER 12/07/2021 at 6:30 pm - Reply

    Hey Carol, So glad you are making your dreams a reality. It inspires me to be better. Good luck in Tokyo. Stay safe

    • CarolC 13/07/2021 at 5:01 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much Lyn and we will catch up when I am back!

      • Lynnette Stacker 13/07/2021 at 6:29 pm - Reply

        That would be fantastic. It has been too long

  2. Phyllis Banks 12/07/2021 at 10:14 pm - Reply

    Wow , Carol thank you for reminding me of all the goals you had during your life. I must admit I had forgotten how many you had.
    You are one incredible woman.
    How proud can a mother be.
    Bring home another Gold from Tokyo!

    • CarolC 13/07/2021 at 5:07 pm - Reply

      Thanks mom, you taught me that I could do anything or be anyone and to not let others tell me I couldn’t do anything. So it all comes down to me being able to set goals that would have seemed unattainable to others. So thank you for your lessons in life, they have made me who I am today. Love you xxx

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