Britain’s Paralympic Hopefuls – Eleanor Simmonds

It seems wrong to call Eleanor Simmonds a hopeful given everything she has achieved already; having already won two gold medals in swimming at the Beijing Paralympics when only 13 years old.

Eleanor began swimming at age four and entered her first competition just four years later. After watching the 2004 Paralympic Games on television, Eleanor was inspired to take her sport to an elite level and stepped up her training with the aim of qualifying for Beijing 2008.

She achieved this and, competing in S6 disability category, Eleanor swam in the 50 m, 100 m and 400 m freestyle, 50 m butterfly, and 200 m individual medley.  Despite Beijing being her first games and, at 13, being the youngest athlete in the competition, she went on to win gold in both the 100 m freestyle and 400 m freestyle.

This incredible achievement gained wide recognition and in 2008 Eleanor was awarded the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year.  Not only that, but a year later she made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE). At 14 she was the youngest person to have ever received this honour.

Eleanor has not rested much since winning in Beijing and has gone on to take ten gold medals at the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Swimming World Championships in 2009 and 2010, five golds at the IPC European Championships, and a gold at the Paralympic world cup

Eleanor might be one of Britain’s best hopes winning, not just one, but a number of gold medals at this summer’s games.  She says that she hates to lose, but looking at her career, you don’t imagine it’s much of a problem for her.

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2 responses to “Britain’s Paralympic Hopefuls – Eleanor Simmonds

  1. Anonymous

    Eleanor is an amazing and inspiring woman.Often I find that when I research her at school or at home it says on google she is a very inspiring woman.I think it was amazing that she was a gold medallist at the age of 13.I think she is very inspiring towards the younger generation
    Her #1 fan
    Mehak,aged 9

  2. rohan singh

    im a student and my teacher told me to make a power point presentation on eleanor simmonds and now im researching about her im finding this thing quiete interesting and i love watching eleanor taking gold’s in olmypics.

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