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Ella Hose is a Para shot put and discus thrower who was awarded a Tier 3 Scholarship within the 2024 Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship and Mentoring Program.

Ella was born in Melbourne, Australia in 2005, nine weeks premature with her twin sister. After her sister was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at eight months old, Ella was diagnosed with the same condition, specifically left hemiplegic cerebral palsy, when she was two and a half after her sister’s physiotherapist noticed her unusual walking patterns.

Ella grew up playing netball, basketball, tennis, dancing, swimming and more. But after a primary school teacher recommended that she get classified in 2015, 10-year-old Ella soon found a new love in athletics. Within three months, Ella was selected for her first state team and went to her first nationals. The following year, Ella won her first national title in the shot put, and this was when she knew throwing was her favourite.

Throughout high school, Ella was able to win a total of 10 national championships in the shot put and discus events, along with numerous Australian junior records. In 2022, she made her international debut at the Oceania Championships in Mackay, achieving a silver and bronze medal in the shot put and discus events, respectively. In March 2023, Ella was able to throw an Australian Open record for her category, at just 17 years old, which was a B-qualifier for the 2023 World Para Athletics Championships. Ella backed this distance up with another qualifier a week later.

After these performances, Ella was selected to represent Australia at the 2023 World Para Athletics Championships, the youngest female on the team. Turning 18 during the trip, Ella was able to come fourth place in the shot put against competitors who were twice her age and more, earning a quota spot for the Australian Paralympic team for 2024. Ella also placed 10th in the discus.

After her experience at the World Championships, Ella is incredibly motivated to continue to pursue selection for the 2024 Paralympic Games team, where she hopes to become a strong medal contender. Working towards completing year 12 in 2023, Ella hopes to dedicate 2024 to full-time training so that she can be in peak form come the games in September. In 2032, Ella hopes to win the Paralympics in front of her home crowd.

“It is a huge honour to have been selected as the recipient of the SAHOF Scholarship in 2024. I am incredibly excited to be a part of a program with such a rich history of some incredible Australian sportspeople. This scholarship will support me to continue to work towards selection for the 2024 Paralympic Games, which is greatly appreciated” – Ella Hose, on being selected as a 2024 Tier 3 Scholarship holder.

Honours & Achievements

  • 2023 Victorian State Championships – PB and open Australian record, World Championship 2023 B Qualifier
  • 2023 Athletics Victoria Throwers Meet – World Championships 2023 B Qualifier
  • 2023 Athletics Australia National Championships 2023
  • 2023 World Para Athletics Championship 2023 – 4th Place
  • 2022 Oceania Athletics Championships 2022 – PB and Australian U20 record

Social Links | @ella.hose

Photo Credit – Paralympics Australia


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