Ellie Simmonds OBE MBE is a Five-time Paralympic Champion and currently has numerous World records to her name. Ellie shot to fame when she won her first Paralympic medal at the age of 13, and she is also the youngest recipient of an MBE.
At ten years old, Ellie’s talent was spotted at a disability event and she was entered onto the British Swimming talent programme. She worked her way through to be selected as the youngest member of a senior British Swimming squad for the 2006 IPC World Championships at the age of 12 years.
Since her meteoric rise into the public eye, Ellie has continued to dominate her sport, winning 13 World titles, 10 European titles and breaking various World records along the way. In addition to these achievements, Ellie competed at the London 2012 Paralympics, winning four medals including two Golds, and broke a further two World records.
Ellie has captured both the hearts and minds of the British public, balancing her stardom with her school work and training. Ellie’s reputation as a world-class athlete was secured with fantastic performances at London 2012, and Rio 2016 where she broke the world record.
She followed up her sensational Paralympics with an equally fantastic World Championships where she came home with three Gold medals, a Bronze and a World record, cementing her status as Britain’s golden girl.
In the lead up to London 2012, Ellie had become the poster girl for the Paralympic games and her success helped make her the most recognised Paralympic athlete in Great Britain, if not the world.
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