Ellie won the hearts of the nation when she became Britain’s youngest ever Paralympic Double Gold Medallist having taken the swimming honours in the 100m and 400m freestlye events in the Beijing Games. She added to her now considerable haul of Paralympic medals in Rio 2016. She won the 2008 BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year and at the age of 14 became the youngest recipient event to be awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List 2009. She was made an OBE following her success in Rio and has a number of IPC World and European titles to her credit.
Ellie Simmonds first won the hearts of the nation with her outstanding swimming achievements at the Beijing Paralympics Games in 2008 where she won Gold in the 100m and 400m freestyle. She went on to win an impressive ten World Championship gold medals together with five European titles leading up to the London Olympic Games if 2012.
With success comes pressure and high expectation but despite her young age, Ellie took it all in her stride to amass an incredible haul of medals including Gold in the 400m freestyle and 400m medley, silver in the 100m freestyle and bronze in the 50m freestyle. She currently holds a world record in 400m freestyle alongside her impressive growing collection of medals.
Ellie began swimming at the age of five and by the time she was eight, was competing against able-bodied children. A few months later she was talent spotted at a disability competition and was entered onto the British Swimming Talent Programme and working her way through, became the youngest member of a senior British Swimming Squad at just 12 years of age. The rest as they say is history.
Renowned for her positive approach and unrelenting determination, Ellie is a true inspiration. Not only is she the youngest person ever to win at either the Olympic or Paralympic Games but also the youngest ever to be honoured by The Queen. Ellie received her MBE following the Beijing games in 2008 and the OBE for her 2012 achievements. Other accolades include the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year Award.
Ellie is available for moderated Q&A at conferences and personal appearances