About Ellie Simmonds

Eleanor ‘Ellie’ Simmonds OBE is a four-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 years and nine months. This was the start of a string of firsts for Ellie as she went on to become the youngest winner of the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year in 2008 and then the youngest recipient of an MBE at the age of 14.

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. Her Gold medals were won in the S6 400m Freestyle and SM6 200m Individual Medley and she won Silver in the S6 100m Freestyle and Bronze in the S6 50m Freestyle. 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.

Eleanor’s disability is classified as Achondroplasia dwarfism. She started swimming at the age of five and started competing against able-bodied children at the age of eight. 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 and three weeks.

Ellie Simmonds 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. 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. There is certainly no doubt that Ellie is a strong favourite to bring back numerous Golds from Rio later this year.

Major Achievements

2016 GOLD British Para-swimming Trials
GOLD IPC World Champs
2014 GOLD x 3 IPC European Champs
SILVER x 2 IPC European Champs
GOLD x 3 IPC World Champs
BRONZE IPC World Champs
2012 GOLD x 2 London Paralympics
2012 SILVER London Paralympics
2012 BRONZE London Paralympics 
2011 GOLD Paralympic World Cup
2011 GOLD x 2 IPC European Champs
2011 SILVER IPC European Champs
2011 BRONZE IPC European Champs
2010 GOLD x 4 IPC World Champs
2010 SILVER x 2 IPC World Champs
2010 BRONZE IPC World Champs
2010 GOLD Paralympic World Cup
2009 GOLD x 6 IPC World Champs
2009 SILVER IPC World Champs 
2009 GOLD x 5 IPC European Champs
2009 GOLD Paralympic World Cup
2008 GOLD x 2 Beijing Paralympics
2008 BBC Young Sports Personality

Key Facts

Date of Birth: 11 November 1994
Nationality: British
Home: Manchester
Club: Loughborough

World Records Held

Women’s Long Course:


200m Individual Medley        SM6        3:00.01           12th December 2015
400m Freestyle                       S6           5:18.69           26th April 2016
800m Freestyle                       S6         11:24.36           28th April 2011


Women’s Short Course (25m):

100m Freestyle                        S6        1:17.61            3rd December 2009
200m Freestyle                        S6        2:44.21            29th November 2009
400m Freestyle                        S6        5:27.58            24th November 2013
200m Individual Medley         SM6     3:05.13            20th December 2014
4 x 100m Freestyle                               4:26.20           1st December 2009
4 x 100m Medley                                   4:56.23            5th December 2009


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