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Women In Sport: Ellie Simmonds on her swimming career

The five time Paralympic gold medalist chats about her journey, London 2012, and more.

Across 2019 we will be speaking to women who have achieved success in their chosen field, sharing their stories on how and why they got to where they are, what it means to them to be a female role model, plus advice for any girls or women who dream of emulating them.


British Paralympian swimmer Ellie Simmonds first took home a gold medal at the age of 13, securing two of the top accolades in Beijing in 2008.

A driving force on the British Paralympic team, Ellie went on to win two more gold medals at London 2012, an event she describes as the pinnacle of her career, and one more in Rio in 2016.

Competing in the S6 category, further honours include being named the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year in 2008, as well as becoming the youngest person in history to be appointed an MBE, at just 14.

She was elevated to an OBE in 2013 for her services to Paralympic sport.

Above, as part of the Ticketmaster Women in Sport series, Ellie Simmonds talks about her journey into swimming at a young age, her experiences in Beijing and the transformative power of London 2012. She then offers advice to young women looking to take part in competitive sports.

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