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"The sports centre will help the city of Birmingham and get the whole community together. I'm from near Birmingham so it would be amazing to have the gym named after me and to be honoured in this way."
Ellie Simmonds OBE is a four-time Paralympic Champion and currently has ten world records to her name. Ellie shot to fame when she won her first Paralympic medal at the age of 13 years 9 months. This was the start of a string of firsts for Ellie as 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.
Ellie was born in Walsall, West Midlands and lived there until she was 11 when she and her mother moved to Swansea, South Wales, to take advantage of the city’s world-class swimming pool. Ellie has maintained her links with the West Midlands and Boldmere Swimming Club, taking part in the annual Club Championships and occasional training sessions.
Since her rise into the public eye Ellie has continued to dominate her sport, winning thirteen World titles, five European titles and breaking eight world records along the way. In addition to these achievements, Ellie competed at the London 2012 Paralympics, winning four medals, including two golds, and broke two world records. Ellie's disability is classified as Achondroplasia Dwarfism. She started swimming at the age of five and started competing against able-bodied children at the age of eight. At ten years old, Ellie’s talent was spotted at a disability event and she was entered onto the British Swimming talent programme and worked her way through to be selected as the youngest member of a senior British swimming squad for the 2006 IPC World Championships at 12 years and 3 weeks.
Since bursting onto the scene at the Beijing Paralympics, Ellie has captured the hearts and minds of the British public, while balancing her stardom with her school work and training. Ellie’s reputation as a world-class athlete has been secured with fantastic performances at London 2012. She followed up her sensational Paralympics with an equally fantastic World Championships in Montreal, where she came home with three gold medals, a bronze and a world record cementing her status as Britain’s golden girl. Ellie received her OBE in the 2013 New Year’s Honours in recognition of her services to Paralympic sport.
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