Britain’s Top Paralympic Swimmers

Great Britain boasts one of the strongest Para-swimming teams in the world, having finished in the top four of the swimming medal table at the past six consecutive Paralympic Games.

Even if you are new to disability swimming there is a good chance you have heard of Ellie Simmonds, who won double gold as a 13-year old at the 2008 Paralympic Games then repeated the feat in front of a home crowd at London 2012. Well Ellie isn't our only star.

Get to know some of our best athletes from the different classifications below.

Ellie Simmonds

Achondroplasia (Dwarfism)

S6, SB6, SM6



  • Winning two golds as a 13-year old at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing then adding another four at the 2010 IPC World Championships and two more at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
  • She set the first world record in London Aquatics Centre at the British Gas Swimming Championships 2012.

Ellie is the youngest of five siblings - she has three sisters and one brother and there are more than 20 years between the five of them.

Ellie Simmonds

Sascha Kindred

Cerebral Palsy

S6, SB7, SM6



  • Being one of the most consistent Paralympic swimmers of the past decade, having won two golds at the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Paralympic Games then landing silver in his fifth Games at London 2012.
  • His IPC World Championship record is no less impressive, having won at least one medal at each of the last six Championships and taken seven golds over the past four.

Sascha is married to fellow British Paralympic swimmer Nyree (nee Lewis) and their first child Ella was born in July 2011.

Sascha Kindred

Amy Marren

Born without right hand

S9, SB9, SM9



  • At just 14 years old, being one of the youngest members of ParalympicsGB at London 2012 and finishing fourth in the S9 400m Freestyle.
  • She was shortlisted for the 2013 BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year after winning four gold medals at her debut IPC World Championships in Montreal.

Amy achieved all A*s and As for her GCSEs in 2014 then won SM9 200m Individual Medley gold on her IPC European Championship debut later in the summer.

Amy Marren

Hannah Russell

Visual Impairment

S12, SB12, SM12



  • Winning silver and bronze on her major championship debut at 2011's IPC European Championships then silver and two bronzes on her Paralympic debut at London 2012.
  • She continued to improve after the Paralympics, particularly in the S12 100m Backstroke event, becoming world champion on her IPC World Championship debut in 2013 then European champion in 2014.

Hannah has Scottish grandparents and has been learning to play the bagpipes at school.

Hannah Russell

Jessica-Jane Applegate

Intellectual Impairment

S14, SB14, SM14



  • Bursting on to the international scene in style as a 16-year old at the London 2012 Paralympic Games by winning the S14 200m Freestyle gold medal.
  • She added the world title on her IPC World Championships debut in Montreal in 2013 before winning another three medals at the 2014 IPC European Championships.

Jessica-Jane is an animal lover and has dogs, fish and a gecko at home.

Dan Pepper
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