Nominate Ellie for Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year
9th October 2012
With two golds, a silver and a bronze at her home Games, there’s little doubt Ellie Simmonds was queen of the pool at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
Having become a household name after her double gold in Beijing, the 17-year old endured a huge burden of expectation at London 2012 as one of the faces of the Games.
Simmonds’ first final – the S6 400m Freestyle – was one of the most memorable races across both Games as the Brit went head-to-head with USA’s Victoria Arlen, the teenager who had broken Simmonds world record earlier in the year.
Both swimmers sailed under the world record with Simmonds ultimately powering clear in the final 25m to the raptures of the Aquatics Centre crowd.
More was to come two days later as Simmonds beat her own world record in both the heats and final to claim the SM6 200m Individual Medley crown for the first time.
And after a surprise S6 50m Freestyle bronze, the Brit completed her collection with S6 100m Freestyle silver in a European record in the final session.
Simmonds qualifies for three categories in the Sunday Times Awards – Sportswoman of the Year, Paralympian of the Year and Young Paralympian of the Year. So why not nominate her for all three?
- CLICK HERE to go to the nomination page (NOMINATIONS CLOSE 15th OCTOBER)
Why stop there?
In a record-breaking year for British sport, Ellie wasn’t our only female aquatics star inspiring the nation in 2012. Maybe you want to nominate someone else as well.
- Rebecca Adlington – also dealing with a huge amount of expectation, Adlington continued her perfect record of reaching the podium in every Olympic final she has competed in as she secured bronze in both the 400m and 800m Freestyle at London 2012.
- Jessica-Jane Applegate – the 16-year old won S14 200m Freestyle gold on her Paralympic debut, soaring from third to first in the final length as she set a Paralympic record.
- Hannah Russell – another 16-year old making an impression at her first Paralympics, Hannah won a silver and two bronze medals.
- Louise Watkin – the 20-year old landed four medals at her second Paralympics, two silver and two bronze.
- Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow – the British 10m Synchro pair have been breaking new ground for British female divers this season. They became GB’s first female World Cup medallists with bronze in March before becoming GB’s first female European champions since 1938 with gold in May.
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