Ellie Simmonds

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Ellie Simmonds
Ellie Simmonds 2008 Olympic Parade.jpg
Simmonds in 2008, celebrating her success in Beijing
Personal information
Full name Eleanor May Simmonds
Nickname(s) Ellie
Nationality British
Born (1994-11-11) 11 November 1994 (age 21)
Walsall, England
Height 1.23 m (4 ft 0 in)
Weight 45 kg (99 lb)
Sport
Sport Swimming
Strokes Freestyle
Club Boldmere Swimming Club; Swansea Performance Centre; Loughborough University
Coach Steve Bayley

Eleanor May "Ellie" Simmonds, OBE (born 11 November 1994[1]) is a British Paralympian swimmer competing in S6 events. She came to national attention when she competed in the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing, winning two gold medals for Great Britain, despite being the youngest member of the team, at the age of 13. In 2012 she was again selected for the Great Britain squad, this time swimming at a home games in London. She won another two golds in London, including setting a World Record in the 400m freestyle, and a further gold medal at the Rio Paralympics in 2016, this time setting a world record for the 200m medley.

Personal life[edit]

Born in Walsall, Simmonds grew up in neighbouring Aldridge. She completed her primary education at Hydesville Tower School before attending Aldridge School and later Olchfa School in Swansea.[2] Simmonds, who has achondroplasia, became interested in swimming at the age of five.[3] She swam for Boldmere Swimming Club in Sutton Coldfield, under Head Coach Ashley Cox, but she and her mother moved to Swansea when Simmonds was 11 to take advantage of the city's world-class swimming pool.[3][4] Simmonds has 3 sisters and a brother.

Career[edit]

At the age of 13, Simmonds was the youngest British athlete[5] at the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing, competing in the 50m, 100m and 400m freestyle, 50m butterfly, and 200m Individual Medley.[6] She won gold medals in the 100m and 400m freestyle events.[7]

On 1 September 2012, Simmonds repeated her gold performance to win the 400m freestyle at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, in which she took five seconds off the World Record time.[8] Two days later, on the evening of 3 September, she took Gold in the 200m Individual Medley, breaking the World Record that she had set in the qualifying round that morning.[9]

On 12 September 2016, at the Rio Paralympics, Ellie defended her Gold medal for the 200m individual medley setting a new world record, the first below 3 minutes at 2:59.81[10] Simmonds also won a bronze medal in the 400m freestyle at the the 2016 paralympics.

In addition, Simmonds has won ten gold World Championship titles.[11]

She swims in the S6 disability category.

Honours and awards[edit]

Simmonds won the 2008 BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year award.

Simmonds was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours.[12] At 14 years old, she became the youngest person ever to have received this honour.[13] She received the honour from Queen Elizabeth II on 18 February 2009.[14] In March 2012, in the 200 m individual medley, she became the first swimmer to break a world record at London's Aquatics Centre. Her victory in a time of 3:08.14 broke her own previous best time by over half a second.[15]

In 2011, Simmonds won the award for 'Best British Sporting Performance for an Athlete with Disability' at the Jaguar Academy of Sport Annual Awards.[16] At the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London Simmonds won four medals, two golds, a silver and a bronze. She took gold in the S6 400m with a new world record; gold in the S6 200m again with a new world record; silver in the S6 100m and a bronze in the S6 50m. In celebration of her two gold medals, two Royal Mail postboxes were painted gold in her honour, one in Aldridge and one in Swansea.

Simmonds was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to Paralympic sport.[17]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ParalympicsGB squad for Beijing". Retrieved 9 August 2008. 
  2. ^ "Olympic bronze medalist Joanne Jackson visits Walsall school". walsalladvertiser.co.uk. 17 November 2014. Retrieved 14 February 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Brown, Oliver (15 September 2012). "Ellie Simmonds, golden girl of the Paralympics, says she will never forget the feeling and doesn't want it to end". telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 17 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Ellie Simmonds Swansea gold postbox honour". bbc.co.uk. 4 September 2012. Retrieved 17 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "GB squad takes shape". Retrieved 9 August 2008. 
  6. ^ "GB Swimming Team Biographies". Retrieved 9 August 2008. 
  7. ^ The Press Association (8 September 2008). "Simmonds secures gold". Google. Retrieved 8 September 2008. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Paralympics 2012: Ellie Simmonds wins gold in world record". Retrieved 1 September 2012. 
  9. ^ "Golden girl Simmonds shines again". London 2012 Paralympics. Retrieved 3 September 2012. 
  10. ^ "Rio Paralympics 2016: Ellie Simmonds wins 200m medley in world record". BBC. Retrieved 13 September 2016. 
  11. ^ "Eleanor Simmonds". The Telegraph. Retrieved 31 August 2012. 
  12. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 58929. p. 22. 31 December 2008.
  13. ^ "New Year Honours 2009 Article". BBC News. 31 December 2008. Retrieved 31 December 2008. 
  14. ^ "Swimmer Ellie receives MBE at 14". BBC News. 18 February 2009. Retrieved 18 February 2009. 
  15. ^ "Ellie Simmonds sets first Aquatics Centre world record". BBC Sport. Retrieved 9 March 2012. 
  16. ^ Jaguar Academy of Sport. "Jaguar Academy of Sport Annual Awards". 
  17. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 60367. p. 24. 29 December 2012.
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Tom Daley
BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year
2008
Succeeded by
Tom Daley