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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.

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.

In 2014, she won two silvers and another three golds at her third IPC Swimming European Championships in Eindhoven, notably lowering her SM6 200m Individual Medley world record and claiming her first international SB6 100m Breaststroke title.

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