Ellie Simmonds OBE is one of the most well-known British sporting figures and a hugely influential personality.
The golden girl of British Paralympic swimming, and a five-time Paralympic champion, Ellie was the youngest ever person to be awarded an MBE, which was upgraded to an OBE in 2013. She also won the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year in 2008.
Ellie is the holder of eight Paralympic medals, 22 World Championship medals, nine European Championship medals and one Paralympic World Cup Medal. She has competed in a variety of swimming disciplines, including the 50m, 100m and 400m freestyles, the 100m breaststroke, the 200m individual medley, the 50m medley relay, the 4x100m freestyle and medley relays
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Ellie Simmonds was born with achondroplasia, a genetic condition which causes dwarfism. She first showed an interest in swimming when she was five years old, swimming at the Boldmere Swimming Club in Sutton Coldfield before moving to Swansea for their world-class swimming pools.
Not letting her disability get in the way, she was competing against able-bodied children by the time she was eight, and just two years later she was entered into the British Swimming talent programme. At just 12 years old, she became the youngest member of the senior British swimming squad for the 2006 IPC World Championships.
She first came onto the public scene at the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing, where she was the youngest British athlete to compete aged 14. With no pressure on her, Ellie stormed to the podium, winning two gold medals, a feat she repeated at the 2012 games in London, also adding a silver and bronze. Her fifth gold Paralympic medal came at the 2016 Rio games.
She announced her retirement from competitive swimming after the Tokyo 2020 games, and instead spends her time on important charity work and other causes.
Ellie often uses her public position to spread awareness of important charities. She is a patron of the Dwarf Sports Association UK, is an ambassador for The Scout Association, and was appointed to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee Board in 2019.
She is also an ambassador for WaterAid, raising awareness on the importance of conserving our oceans and protecting marine wildlife.
Since bursting onto the swimming scene, Ellie has become a spokesperson and famous face for paralympic sport. This has meant her media profile has grown and she can often be seen as a guest star on popular television programmes, including Comic Relief (2023), Would I Lie To You (2023), Strictly Come Dancing (2022), Portrait Artist of the Year (2022), Loose Women (2018-22), Central Tonight (2022), The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee: The Platinum Pageant (2022), A Question of Sport (2013-21), The One Show (2018), The Great Comic Relief Bake Off (2013), and Breakfast (2010-11).
Ellie has hosted a variety of corporate events, including keynote speaking, event hosting and Q&As.
– Performance Management
– Personal Development
– Goal Setting
– Overcoming Obstacles and Uncertainty
– Mental Strength
– Motivation and Inspiration
– Peak Performance
Ellie is a role model for so many young people, able-bodied and disabled, interested in swimming or not. She shares her secrets to success at an elite level with a passion that the audience cannot help but feel inspired by.
It went really well. We have received some great feedback and Ellie was so great.
Sophie, Events Executive, SR Group
Bubbly, confident, inspiring – and a great role model.
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