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Eleanor Simmonds

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.

Ellie Simmonds Profile

Date of Birth 11th November 1994
Born Walsall
Team/Club Loughborough University
Coach Steve Bayley
Classification S6, SB6, SM6
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) in 2011.

Simmonds was the poster girl of the London 2012 Paralympics but thrived under the pressure, winning 400m Freestyle and 200m Individual Medley golds as well as 100m Freetyle silver and 50m Freestyle bronze.

A year later, Simmonds continued her progress with another three golds (100m Free, 400m Free, 200m IM) and a bronze (50m Free) at the 2013 IPC World Championships in Montreal.

Personal Best

Event Time Year Record
Long Course S6 50m Freestyle 36.03 2010 BR
Long Course S6 100m Freestyle 1:14.82 2012 ER
Long Course S6 200m Freestyle 2:43.01 2011 WR
Long Course S6 400m Freestyle 5:19.17 2012 WR
Long Course S6 800m Freestyle 11:24.36 2011 WR
Long Course SB6 100m Breaststroke 1:43.16 2013  
Long Course S6 100m Butterfly 1:36.87 2011 BR
Long Course SM6 200m Individual Medley 3:04.41 2013 WR

International Competitions

Competition Event Year Time Medal/Position
Paralympic Games 50m Freestyle (S6) 2012 36.11 BRONZE
  100m Freestyle (S6)   1:14.82 SILVER
  400m Freestyle (S6)   5:19.17 GOLD
  200m Individual Medley (SM6)   3:05.39 GOLD
  50m Freestyle (S6) 2008 37.77 5th
  100m Freestyle (S6)   1:18.75 GOLD
  400m Freestyle (S6)   5:41.34 GOLD
  50m Butterfly (S6)   43.14 8th
  200m Individual Medley (SM6)   3:18.41 5th
IPC World Championships 50m Freestyle (S6) 2013 36.44 BRONZE
  100m Freestyle (S6)   ---- GOLD
  400m Freestyle (S6)   5:24.02 GOLD
  100m Backstroke (S6)   1:33.16 4th
  100m Breaststroke (SB6)   1:43.16 4th
  200m Individual Medley (SM6)   3:04.41 GOLD
  50m Freestyle (S6) 2010 36.03 GOLD
  100m Freestyle (S6)   1:15.97 GOLD
  400m Freestyle (S6)   5:27.64 GOLD
  200m Individual Medley (SM6)   3:09.24 GOLD
  4x100m Freestyle Relay (34pts)   4:29.49 SILVER
  4x50m Medley Relay (20pts)   3:17.98 BRONZE
  4x100m Medley Relay (34pts)   5:00.93 SILVER
  50m Freestyle (S6) 2006 41.22 7th
  100m Freestyle (S6)   1:27.64 7th
  400m Freestyle (S6)   6:18.46 6th
  50m Butterfly (S6)   47.66 8th
IPC European Championships 400m Freestyle (S6) 2014 5:28.31 GOLD
  50m Freestyle (S6) 2011 36.52 BRONZE
  100m Freestyle (S6)   1:16.35 SILVER
  400m Freestyle (S6)   5:25.20 GOLD
  100m Backstroke (S6)   1:36.97 5th
  200m Individual Medley (SM6)   3:08.98 GOLD
  50m Freestyle (S6) 2009 36.85 GOLD
  100m Freestyle (S6)   1:17.97 GOLD
  400m Freestyle (S6)   5:37.31 GOLD
  200m Individual Medley (SM6)   3:11.82 GOLD
  4x100m Freestyle Relay (34pts)   4:33.45 GOLD
IPC World Championships (25m) 50m Freestyle (S6) 2009 36.68 GOLD
  100m Freestyle (S6)   1:17.61 GOLD
  400m Freestyle (S6)   5:32.45 GOLD
  100m Individual Medley (SM6)   1:31.59 SILVER
  200m Individual Medley (SM6)   3:08.80 GOLD
  4x100m Freestyle Relay (34pts)   4:26.20 GOLD
  4x100m Medley Relay (34pts)   4:56.23 GOLD

Domestic Events

Competition Event Year Time Medal/Position
British Championships MC 400m Freestyle 2013 5:44.89 BRONZE
  MC 200m Individual Medley   3:11.45 BRONZE
  MC 50m Freestyle 2012 37.06 4th
  MC 100m Freestyle   1:17.98 SILVER
  MC 400m Freestyle   5:27.09 GOLD
  MC 200m Individual Medley   3:08.14 GOLD
  MC 50m Freestyle 2011 37.36 4th
  MC 100m Freestyle   1:19.01 GOLD
  MC 400m Freestyle   5:31.08 GOLD
  MC 200m Individual Medley   3:16.36 SILVER
  MC 50m Freestyle 2010 38.05 4th
  MC 400m Freestyle   5:35.16 GOLD
  MC 50m Freestyle 2009 38.12 BRONZE
  MC 100m Freestyle   1:19.49 SILVER
  MC 400m Freestyle   5:31.44 GOLD
  MC 200m Individual Medley   3:16.07 GOLD
  MC 50m Freestyle 2008 38.83 8th
  MC 100m Freestyle   1:21.33 BRONZE
  MC 400m Freestyle   5:48.26 GOLD
  MC 200m Individual Medley   3:19.19 SILVER
  MC 50m Freestyle 2007 40.24 6th
  MC 100m Freestyle   1:26.81 4th
  MC 400m Freestyle   6:17.75 SILVER
  MC 200m Individual Medley   3:31.28 BRONZE
  MC 100m Freestyle 2006 1:36.50 12th
  MC 400m Freestyle   6:45.07 SILVER
  MC 200m Individual Medley   3:49.65 5th
British Para-Swimming International Meet MC 50m Freestyle 2014 36.68 8th
  MC 100m Freestyle   1:16.71 5th
  MC 200m Individual Medley   3:09.26 BRONZE
British International Disability Championships MC 100m Freestyle 2013 1:19.72 7th
  MC 400m Freestyle   5:38.87 BRONZE
  MC 200m Individual Medley   3:12.02 5th
  MC 100m Freestyle 2012 1:16.82 BRONZE
  MC 400m Freestyle   5:33.34 GOLD
  MC 50m Freestyle 2011 37.91 10th
  MC 400m Freestyle   5:29.59 SILVER
  MC 200m Individual Medley 2009 3:24.69 SILVER
  MC 100m Freestyle   1:21.81 BRONZE

In the Pool

Greatest achievement to date: The gold medal winning performance in the 100m Freestyle in Beijing because it was unexpected.

Aspiration: To compete in five Paralympics and win medals at all of them.

Out of the Pool

Tip for the top: Work hard and believe in yourself.

Life after swimming: I want to travel the world and help people.


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