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Ellie Simmonds Biography – Ellie Simmonds Wiki
Ellie Simmonds is a British former Paralympian swimmer. Simmonds shot to fame when she won her first Paralympic medal at the age of 13. 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.
She started swimming at the age of five and started competing against able-bodied children at the age of eight. At age 10, Simmonds’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 just 12 years old.
Simmonds was the youngest British athlete at the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing at the age of 13. During the 2008 competition, she won gold medals in the 100m and 400m freestyle events.
Simmonds competed at the London 2012 Paralympics, winning four medals, including two Gold medals, and she broke two World records. Shehe followed up her Paralympic win with equally stunning performances at the IPC World Championships when she won consecutive Gold medals in 2013, 2014 and 2015. Simmonds returned with a Gold medal from the Rio 2016 Paralympics.
After competing at the Paralympics in Beijing in 2008, London in 2012, Rio in 2016 and Tokyo in 2021, Simmonds announced that she would be retiring from the sport.
Following her retirement from competitive swimming in 2020, Simmonds went on to present for BBC Sport, most recently for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. In April 2022, Simmonds made a BBC documentary titled Ellie Simmonds: A World Without Dwarfism?, in which she investigated a controversial new drug that promises to help children born with dwarfism grow to an average height.
On 10 January 2018, Swansea University awarded an honorary degree to Simmonds. The award was presented to the five-time Paralympic champion at the University’s degree ceremony for the College of Human and Health Sciences.
Presenting the award to Simmonds was Professor Hilary Lappin-Scott, Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor at Swansea University. “We are very proud that Ellie has used the University’s sports village, home to the Wales National Pool Swansea, as the base for her training, where the University hosted the International Paralympic Championships in 2014.
“Ellie Simmonds has captured both the hearts and minds of the British public. We at the University certainly have a special admiration for Ellie, and we are immensely proud to welcome such an inspirational figure into our honorary fellowship.”
Ellie Simmonds Age
Eleanor ‘Ellie’ May Simmonds was born on 11 November 1994 in Aldridge, England.
Ellie Simmonds Parents
Simmonds’ parents introduced her to swimming. At the age of 11, she and her mother moved to Swansea so she could be close to the city’s world-class swimming pool. Simmonds now lived a three-hour drive away from her father and siblings.
“I wouldn’t be where I am today without the support of my Mum and Dad. They’ve done everything possible for me to achieve what I have and I’m so grateful.”
Ellie Simmonds Family
Ellie Simmonds is the youngest of five children. She said on the Woman’s Hour Takeover 2017: “I’d say I’m the only competitive or sporty person. They’ve all got the brains. Me and my Mum decided the best chance for me to hopefully go to a Paralympics or to get a gold medal, was to move to Swansea. It was the best pool, the high performance centre at the time with an incredible coach, Billy Pye.
“The rest of my family stayed in Aldridge and Monday to Saturday morning we would live in Swansea. I would go to school there and then Saturday after training in the morning we would drive back home.
Ellie Simmonds Height
How tall is Ellie Simmonds? She stands at a height of 4 feet 0 inches (1.23 m).
Ellie Simmonds Disability
Paralympic swimming gold medallist Ellie Simmonds was born with Achondroplasia dwarfism. Her disability, classified as Achondroplasia dwarfism proved no barrier to her and by the age of eight she was competing against able-bodied children.
Ellie Simmonds Strictly Come Dancing
Five-time Paralympic champion Ellie Simmonds is one of the contestants on Strictly Come Dancing 2022. She becomes the first ever dwarf to take part in the popular ballroom dance competition. On joining Strictly Come Dancing, Simmonds said in a statement: “Oh my gosh! I’m literally bursting with excitement! It’s been so hard keeping this secret as I’ve wanted to tell everyone.
“I’m going on Strictly Come Dancing! I’m a tad nervous too, well more than a tad… I’m absolutely petrified! To be asked to be part of the Strictly family is just so exciting and I cannot wait, it’s going to be so much fun.
“I’m counting down the minutes until it starts; learning to dance, meeting my partner and everyone else involved in the show. Plus wearing the sequins and all that, It’s going to be a blast.
“I’ve been watching Strictly from as far back as I can remember; it’s a traditional lead up to Christmas with my family and it’s a genuine privilege to be part of it.”
The Strictly Come Dancing 2022 line-up includes: Ellie, Ellie Taylor, Fleur East, Hamza Yassin, Jayde Adams, Kaye Adams, Kym Marsh, Matt Goss, Molly Rainford, Richie Anderson, Tony Adams, Tyler West, and Will Mellor.
Strictly Come Dancing Ellie Simmonds Partner
None of the contestants revealed for the 2022 series of Strictly Come Dancing know who their professional dancing partners are yet. Both the celebrities and professional dancers are expected to find out who their partners will be during the Launch Show on 7 September 2022.
Ellie Simmonds Net Worth
What is Ellie Simmonds’s net worth? She has an estimated net worth of €5 million.
Ellie Simmonds Husband
Is Ellie Simmonds married? She doesn’t have a husband.
Ellie Simmonds Instagram
Simmonds’ Instagram is @elliesimmonds.