Ellie Challis Para-Swimmer

  • DOB

    23 Mar 2004
  • Coach

    Rob Aubry/ Jacquie Marshall / Dave Evitts
  • Club

    National Performance Centre
  • Main event

    50m Breaststroke
  • Best result

    World Champion and Paralympic Medallist
  • Medals (INT/NAT)

    • 5
    • 7
    • 2
Ellie Challis

Ellie Challis became Paralympics GB's youngest medallist at Tokyo 2020 when she reached the podium in the Women's S3 50m Backstroke on her Games debut - and she continues to hold one world record and multiple British best after an impressive first few years in international competition.  

At the 2022 Para Swimming World Series inc. British Para-Swimming Meet in Aberdeen, Ellie had a busy programme and claimed two medals, winning gold in the Women's MC 50m Breaststroke, followed by a bronze medal in the MC 50m Butterfly.  She also set new British records in the S3 50m and 100m Freestyle. 

Challis' time at the Tokyo Paralympics in 2021 was a busy one, culminating with finals in the S3 50m Backstroke, S3 100m Freestyle and the Mixed 20pt 4x50m Freestyle Relay. The backstroke event brought that memorable silver medal, setting the National Performance Centre swimmer up perfectly for future international competitions.

Challis secured bronze in the S3 50m Backstroke in London, as well as claiming top-10 finishes in the SB3 50m Breaststroke, SM4 150m Individual Medley and SM5 50m Butterfly. 

That followed on from an eye-catching debut in the British Para-Swimming International Meet of 2018, when she claimed gold in both the MC 50m Breaststroke and MC 150 Medley events. 

The young Clacton-on-Sea swimmer burst onto the scene in 2017, breaking the British SB2 50m Breaststroke record that had stood since 1992, before becoming the world record holder in the event two years later.

Ellie started swimming to be safe in the water. Her big aim in sport is to represent GB at the Paralympics. PE is her favourite subject at school, and she also enjoys trampolining and snowboarding. 

Long Course
Event Year Time/Score Record
SB2 50m Breaststroke 2022 1:04.33 WR
S3 50m Backstroke 2021 55.11 BR
S3 50m Butterfly 2019 58.30 ER
S3 50m Freestyle 2022 49.76 BR
S3 100m Freestyle 2022 1:48.42 BR
S3 200m Freestyle 2019 4:24.97 BR
SM3 150m Individual Medley 2019 3:28.97 BR
Short Course
Event Year Time/Score Record
SB2 50m Breaststroke 2019 1:07.88
S3 50m Backstroke 2018 1:06.00
S3 50m Butterfly 2019 1:04.69
Paralympic Games
Event Year Time/Score Result
S3 50m Backstroke 2021 - Tokyo 55.11 Silver
S3 100m Freestyle 2021 - Tokyo 1:54.84 4th
Mixed 4x50m Freestyle 20pts 2021 - Tokyo 2:48.34 8th
SB3 50m Breaststroke (SB2) 2021 - Tokyo 1:10.37 10th
S4 50m Freestyle (S3) 2021 - Tokyo 54.94 13th
IPC World Championships
Event Year Time/Score Result
SB2 50m Breaststroke 2022 - Madeira 1:04.33 Gold
S5 50m Butterfly 2022 - Madeira 1:02.34 9th
S3 50m Backstroke 2022 - Madeira 57.03 Silver
S3 50m Freestyle 2022 - Madeira 49.76 Silver
S3 100m Freestyle 2022 - Madeira 1:48.42 Silver
Mixed 20pts 4x50m Freestyle Relay 2022 - Madeira 2:40.95 4th
SB3 50m Breaststroke 2019 - London 1:05.96 5th
S3 50m Backstroke 2019 - London 58.91 Bronze
S5 50m Butterfly 2019 - London 58.30 10th
SM4 150m Individual Medley 2019 - London 3:33.46 8th
British Para-Swimming International Meet
Event Year Time/Score Result
MC 50m Breaststroke 2022 - Aberdeen 1:16.44 Gold
MC 50m Butterfly 2022 - Aberdeen 1:03.38 Bronze
MC 50m Freestyle 2022 - Aberdeen 51.91 16th
MC 100m Freestyle 2022 - Aberdeen 1:50.40 18th
MC 50m Breaststroke 2019 - Glasgow 1:05.42 Gold
MC 150m Medley 2019 - Glasgow 3:28.97 Silver
MC 50m Backstroke 2019 - Glasgow 1:01.53 Silver
MC 50m Butterfly 2019 - Glasgow 1:01.49 Silver
MC 50m Breaststroke 2018 - Sheffield 1:16.16 Gold
MC 150m Medley 2018 - Sheffield 3:58.53 Gold