Simmonds keen to race through the winter months
30th November 2011
Ellie Simmonds insists she plans to keep her competitive juices flowing this winter as she builds up to the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
The double Paralympic champion – who turned 17 in November – has long been touted as one of the stars of the Games.
It's good to keep competing - it's what we all swim for.
And Simmonds added weight to that argument this summer, winning two golds (both in world records), a silver and a bronze at the IPC Swimming European Championships in Berlin.
The teenager kicked off her 2012 season in style last weekend, winning MC gold in the 200m Individual Medley and setting a personal best 1:46.64 over 100m Breaststroke at the DSE National Short Course Championships at Ponds Forge, Sheffield.
And with less than 100 days to go until she will look to qualify for the Paralympics at the British Gas Swimming Championships at London Aquatics Centre, Simmonds admits she’s keen to keep up her racing form.
“DSE’s was my first competition of the year then I’m off to Holland next week to race against Miriam (De Koning-Peper) and I’ve got the Welsh Winter Open,” said Simmonds.
“It’s good to keep competing – it’s what we all swim for. It’s also good to get that race experience in the bag and to practice your pacing.
“It’s nice for me to race different races like the 100m Breast – it’s a bit different to normal and it’s also really good practice for my IM.”
“Away from competition, training is going really well at the moment. We’re all building up our fitness for Trials.
“I can’t believe it’s less than 100 days to go now – it’s so scary! It’s rolling round really fast but it’s exciting as well.”