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Meet The Team - Elizabeth Simmonds

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Get to know European champion and Commonwealth medallist Lizzie Simmonds. Read her Tweets, view images, watch her in action and being interviewed, check out Lizzie in numbers and see how her Olympic rivals compare, and much more.

2008 Beijing Olympics finalist Elizabeth Simmonds




Beverley, Yorkshire


5ft 6in

Training base

British Gas ITC


Ben Titley

Olympic History

2008: Sixth in 200m Backstroke, 10th in 100m Backstroke

In Action

200m Backstroke on 2 & 3 August

Did you know?

  • Such was Lizzie's love of water when she was a child that the only way to stop her crying as a toddler was to put her in a paddling pool.
  • Nowadays she doesn't just stick to the pool though - her coach Ben Titley encourages his group of swimmers at the British Gas ITC Loughborough to take part in kick-boxing and ballet as alternative training activities.
  • Her favourite thing about being a world class swimmer is travelling over the world and seeing new places while her favourite meal is spaghetti bolognese.

Lizzie's Career

After dominating the junior scene between 2006 and 2007, Lizzie Simmonds was championed as a future world-beater and made her Olympic debut as a 17-year old at Beijing 2008, reaching the 200m Backstroke final and finishing sixth. She enjoyed a breakthrough season in 2010, winning her first international title with 200m Backstroke gold at the European Championships as well as silvers at the Europeans (100m Backstroke) and Commonwealth Games (200m Backstroke) respectively.

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