Eleanor May Simmonds is a British Paralympian swimmer competing in S6 events. At the age of 13, she was the youngest British athlete at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games to win two gold medals for Great Britain. She then won five European golds in 2009, four World Championship titles in 2010, and added another two European golds (both in world records) in 2011. In 2012, she was again selected for the Great Britain squad, this time swimming at a home game in London. She won another two golds in London, including setting a World Record in the 400m freestyle, and a further gold medal at the Rio Paralympics in 2016, this time setting a world record for the 200m medley.
What is Ellie Simmonds Famous For?
- Being a British Paralympian swimmer competing in S6 events.
- Won the 2008 BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year award.
Where is Ellie Simmonds From?
Ellie Simmonds was born on 11 November 1994. Her birth name is Eleanor May Simmonds. Her birthplace is Walsall, England. She was born to her father, Steve Simmonds, and her mother, Val Simmonds where she grew up with her three sisters, Georgina Simmonds, Pauline Simmonds, Katie Simmonds, and one brother, Steven Simmonds. She completed her primary education at Cooper and Jordan CofE Primary before attending Aldridge School and later Olchfa School in Swansea. She then studied Psychology at Loughborough University in England. She holds British nationality. She belongs to the white ethnicity. Her religion is Christianity. Her horoscope sign is Scorpio.
Ellie Simmonds Career
- She started her career as a swimmer.
- She became interested in swimming at the age of five.
- She swam for Boldmere Swimming Club in Sutton Coldfield, under Head Coach Ashley Cox, but she and her mother moved to Swansea when she was 11 to take advantage of the city’s world-class swimming pool.
- At the age of 13, she was the youngest British athlete at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games to win two gold medals for Great Britain.
- She then won five European golds in 2009, four World Championship titles in 2010, and added another two European golds (both in world records) in 2011.
- In London 2012, she held her nerve under the pressure of public expectation and a fierce rivalry with American Victoria Arlen to secure 400m freestyle S6 and 200m individual medley SM6 golds as well as 100m freestyle S6 silver and 50m freestyle S6 bronze medals.
- In the 2013 New Year’s Honours list, she was awarded an Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II.
- Her success in the pool continued into 2013 with triple gold and one bronze at the 2013 IPC Swimming World Championships in Montreal, Canada.
- Moving to Manchester to train at the NPC, she continued her ever-impressive performances into 2015 with four medals at the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships in Glasgow, one of which was gold in the 200m individual medley SM6. A silver and two bronze medals were also Simmonds’ for the taking.
- She claimed gold at her third Games at Rio 2016, taking the Paralympic title in the 200m individual medley SM6. She became the first S6 swimmer to dip below the three-minute mark, with a time of 2:59.81. She also won bronze in the women’s 400m freestyle S6, losing the title that she won in Beijing and London to Ukraine’s Yelyzaveta Mereshko.
- She also competed in the 50m freestyle S6, ranking 6th, and she finished 4th in the 100m breaststroke SM6.
- She could not return to the top at the 2016 IPC Swimming Europeans in Funchal, Portugal, claiming one silver and three bronzes.
- On 12 September 2016, at the Rio Paralympics, she defended her Gold medal for the 200m individual medley setting a new world record, the first below 3 minutes at 2:59.81. She also won a bronze medal in the 400m freestyle at the 2016 Paralympics.
- In addition, she has won ten gold World Championship titles.
- She swims in the S6 disability category.
Ellie Simmonds Boyfriend
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Ellie Simmonds Height and Weight
Ellie Simmonds stands at a height of 1.23m i.e. 4 feet and 0 inches tall. She has a bodyweight of 45kg. She has an athletic body build. Her eye color is blue and her hair color is blonde. Her sexual orientation is straight.
Ellie Simmonds Net Worth
Ellie Simmonds earns from her professional career as a swimmer. Her income is from contracts, salaries, bonuses, and endorsements. As of 2021, her estimated net worth is about $1 million-$5 million.