Meet The Team - Ellie Simmonds

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Ellie Simmonds






4ft 1in

Training base

Swansea HPC


Billy Pye

Paralympic History

2008: Gold in S6 100m Freestyle and S6 400m Freestyle, 5th in S6 50m Freestyle and S6 200m Individual Medley, and 8th in S6 50m Butterfly

In Action

S6 400m Freestyle on 1st September
SM6 200m Individual Medley on 3rd September
S6 50m Freestyle on 4th September
S6 100m Freestyle on 8th September

Did you know?

  • Born with achondroplasia (dwarfism), Ellie competes in the S6 classification and says she was inspired to take up swimming after watching Nyree Kindred win gold in the same classification at the Athens Paralympics in 2000.
  • Ellie's double Paralympic gold in 2008 earned her a number of accolades, including an MBE and a Blue Peter Gold Badge.
  • Although she trains full time, Ellie is enthusiastic about her education and, having completed her GCSE's in 2011, is studying for A-levels in world development, history and citizenship.

Ellie's Career

Ellie Simmonds burst into the public consciousness when she won double gold as a 13-year old at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games. Despite being the youngest member of the British team in China, Simmonds sprung a surprise to win the 100m Freestyle before breaking her own world record by more than seven seconds for a second title in the 400m Freestyle. The teenager has gone from strength to strength since Beijing, winning five European golds in 2009, four World Championships titles in 2010 and adding another two European golds (both in world records) last season in Berlin.

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