Ellie Simmonds Para-Swimmer

  • DOB

    None
  • Coach

    Billy Pye / Adam Taylor
  • Club

    Camden Swiss Cottage
  • Main event

    Individual Medley
  • Best result

    Paralympic Champion
  • Medals (INT/NAT)

    • 32
    • 14
    • 16
Ellie Simmonds - 2018 Headshot

Ellie Simmonds OBE is one of the most recognised athletes in world para-swimming and caught the hearts of the British public with her tearful celebrations after winning gold at the Beijing Paralympic Games, before backing it up with more Paralympic titles at London 2012 and Rio 2016. 

Simmonds has amassed eight medals across four events at three Games, including five golds - as well as no fewer than 17 medals at World Para Swimming Championships.

The Walsall-born athlete's 2019 season saw her keep that tally ticking by securing a bronze double at the Worlds in London, in the S6 400m Freestyle and SB6 100m Breaststroke.

A strong set of performances at the 2018 British Para-Swimming International Meet, against competitors from more than 30 countries, saw Simmonds qualify for her fourth European Championships. Having only returned to competitive action at the back end of 2017, she went on to win two European silvers in Dublin, in the S6 400m Freestyle and SB6 100m Breaststroke. 

She took a break from the pool after the Rio Paralympics and for the majority of 2017, before making her return to the water in the December of that year at the National Para-Swimming Championships in Manchester.

Rio 2016 saw Simmonds add another two Paralympic medals to her already extensive list of accolades, with her efforts including gold in the SM6 200m Individual Medley, plus bronze in the S6 400m Freestyle and final appearances in her other three events. 

Simmonds had previously carried her ever-impressive performances into 2015, with four medals at the World Championships in Glasgow - including gold in the SM6 200m Individual Medley.

The end of 2015 also saw a world-record swim for Ellie at the National Championships held in Manchester - again in the SM6 200m Individual Medley event. 

In 2014, she won another three golds -  plus a couple of silvers - at her third European Championships in Eindhoven, notably lowering her SM6 200m Individual Medley world record, and claiming her first international SB6 100m Breaststroke title.

That followed on from an eye-catching World Championships haul in Montreal in 2013. Simmonds won golds in the S6 100m Freestyle, 400m Freestyle and 200m Individual Medley categories, with a bronze in the S6 50m Freestyle added for good measure. 

Simmonds was the poster girl of the London 2012 Paralympics - and she thrived on that status and pressure, winning S6 400m Freestyle and SM6 200m Individual Medley golds, as well as S6 100m Freestyle silver and 50m Freestyle bronze.

The Paralympic star went from strength to strength following her debut Games in Beijing, winning five European golds in 2009, four World Championship titles in 2010 and adding another two European golds - both in world record times - in 2011 in the build-up to London 2012. 

Despite having been the youngest member of the British team at the 2008 Paralympics in China, Simmonds sprung a surprise to win the S6 100m Freestyle gold, before breaking her own world record by more than seven seconds to claim a second title in the S6 400m Freestyle and rubber-stamp her status as a world-class para-swimming athlete, following her senior international debut at the 2006 Worlds. 

Long Course
Event Year Time/Score Record
S6 50m Freestyle 2014 35.23 BR
S6 100m Freestyle 2014 1:14.49
S6 400m Freestyle 2016 5:18.69 BR
S6 800m Freestyle 2011 11:24.36 WR
SB6 100m Breaststroke 2019 1:38.22
S6 100m Butterfly 2011 1:36.87
SM6 200m Individual Medley 2016 2:59.81 WR
Short Course
Event Year Time/Score Record
S6 50m Freestyle 2009 36.68
S6 100m Freestyle 2009 1:17.61
S6 400m Freestyle 2013 5:27.58 WR
SB6 10m Breaststroke 2017 1:40.37
SM6 200m Individual Medley 2014 3:05.13
Paralympic Games
Event Year Time/Score Result
S6 50m Freestyle 2016 - Rio 35.54 6th
S6 100m Freestyle 2016 - Rio 1:15.77 5th
S6 400m Freestyle Rio - 2016 5:24.87 Bronze
SB6 100m Breaststroke 2016 - Rio 1:39.46 4th
SM6 200m Individual Medley Rio - 2016 2:59.81 Gold
S6 50m Freestsyle 2012 - London 36.11 Bronze
S6 100m Freestyle 2012 - London 1:14.82 Silver
S6 400m Freestyle 2012 - London 5:19.17 Gold
SM6 200m Individual Medley 2012 - London 3:05.39 Gold
S6 50m Freestyle 2008 - Beijing 37.77 5th
S6 100m Freestyle 2008 - Beijing 1:18.75 Gold
S6 400m Freestyle 2008 - Beijing 5:41.34 Gold
S6 50m Butterfly 2008 - Beijing 43.14 8th
SM6 200m Individual Medley 2008 - Beijing 3:18.41 5th
IPC World Championships
Event Year Time/Score Result
S6 400m Freestyle 2019 - London 5:21.78 Bronze
S6 100m Breaststroke 2019 - London 1:38.22 Bronze
S6 200m Individual Medley 2019 - London 3:03.23 4th
S6 50m Freestyle 2015 - Glasgow 36.08 5th
S6 100m Freestyle 2015 - Glasgow 1:15.15 4th
S6 400m Freestyle 2015 - Glasgow 5:22.24 Silver
SB6 100m Breaststroke 2015 - Glasgow 1:39.99 Bronze
SM6 200m Individual Medley 2015 - Glasgow 3:01.02 Gold
34pt 4x100m Freestyle Relay 2015 - Glasgow 4:29.83 Bronze
S6 50m Freestyle 2013 - Montreal 36.44 Bronze
S6 100m Freestyle 2013 - Montreal 1:15.50 Gold
S6 400m Freestyle 2013 - Montreal 5:24.02 Gold
S6 100m Backstroke 2013 - Montreal 1:33.16 4th
SB6 100m Breaststroke 2013 - Montreal 1:43.16 4th
SM6 200m Individual Medley 2013 - Montreal 3:04.41 Gold
S6 50m Freestyle 2010 - Eindhoven 36.03 Gold
S6 100m Freestyle 2010 - Eindhoven 1:15.97 Gold
S6 400m Freestyle 2010 - Eindhoven 5:27.64 Gold
SM6 200m Individual Medley 2010 - Eindhoven 3:09.24 Gold
34pt 4x100m Freestyle Relay 2010 - Eindhoven 4:29.49 Silver
20pt 4x50m Medley Relay 2010 - Eindhoven 3:17.98 Gold
34pt 4x100m Medley Relay 2010 - Eindhoven 5:00.93 Silver
S6 50m Freestyle 2006 - Durban 41.22 7th
S6 100m Freestyle 2006 - Durban 1:27.64 7th
S6 400m Freestyle 2006 - Durban 6:18.46 5th
S6 50m Butterfly 2006 - Durban 47/66 8th
European Championships
Event Year Time/Score Result
S6 400m Freestyle 2018 - Dublin 5:26.20 Silver
SB6 100m Breaststroke 2018 - Dublin 1:41.56 Silver
SM6 200m Individual Medley 2018 - Dublin 3:06.18 4th
S6 50m Freestyle 2014 - Eindhoven 35.23 Silver
S6 100m Freestyle 2014 - Eindhoven 1:14.49 Silver
S6 400m Freestyle 2014 - Eindhoven 5:28.31 Gold
SB6 100m Breaststroke 2014 - Eindhoven 1:41.26 Gold
SM6 200m Individual Medley 2014 - Eindhoven 3:04.07 Gold
S6 50m Freestyle 2011 - Berlin 36.52 Bronze
S6 100m Freestyle 2011 - Berlin 1:16.35 Silver
S6 400m Freestyle 2011 - Berlin 5:25.20 Gold
S6 100m Backstroke 2011 - Berlin 1:36.97 5th
SM6 200m Individual Medley 2011 - Berlin 3:08.98 Gold
S6 50m Freestyle 2009 - Reykajavik 36.85 Gold
S6 100m Freestyle 2009 - Reykajavik 1:17.97 Gold
S6 400m Freestyle 2009 - Reykajavik 5:37.31 Gold
SM6 200m Individual Medley 2009 - Reykajavik 3:11.82 Gold
34pt 4x100m Freestyle Relay 2009 - Reykajavik 4:33.45 Gold
British Para-Swimming International Meet
Event Year Time/Score Result
MC 400m Freestyle 2018 - Sheffield 5:27.82 4th
MC 100m Breaststroke 2018 - Sheffield 1:41.02 7th
MC 200m Individual Medley 2018 - Sheffield 3:03.40 24th
MC 100m Freestyle 2016 - Glasgow 1:15.11 Silver
MC 400m Freestyle 2016 - Glasgow 5:18.69 Gold
MC 100m Breaststroke 2016 - Glasgow 1:40.80 6th
MC 200m Individual Medley 2016 - Glasgow 3:04.13 Silver
MC 50m Freestyle 2015 - Glasgow 36.33 5th
MC 100m Freestyle 2015 - Glasgow 1:16.66 Bronze
MC 400m Freestyle 2015 - Glasgow 5:29.15 Bronze
MC 100m Breaststroke 2015 - Glasgow 1:42.43 7th
MC 200m Individual Medley 2015 - Glasgow 3:06.44 Silver
MC 50m Freestyle 2014 - Glasgow 36.68 8th
MC 100m Freestyle 2014 - Glasgow 1:16.71 5th
MC 400m Freestyle 2014 - Glasgow 5:26.52 Gold
MC 200m Individual Medley 2014 - Glasgow 3:09.26 Bronze
MC 100m Freestyle 2013 - Sheffield 1:19.72 7th
MC 50m Freestyle 2013 - Sheffield 39.10 27th
MC 400m Freestyle 2013 - Sheffield 5:38.87 Bronze
MC 200m Individual Medley 2013 - Sheffield 3:12.02 5th
MC 100m Frestyle 2012 - Sheffield 1:16.82 Bronze
MC 400m Freestyle 2012 - Sheffield 5:33.34 Gold
MC 100m Backstroke 2012 - Sheffield 1:39.44 28th
MC 100m Breaststroke 2012 - Sheffield 1:50.59 25th