Girls' Voice

International Day of the Girl – Ellie Simmonds


I am inspired by Eleanor May Simmonds because no matter what challenge she has in front of her, her disability doesn’t affect her determination or her chance of winning.

Eleanor’s disability is classified as dwarfism. She started swimming at the age of 5 and started competing against able bodied children at the age of 8.

Ellie Simmonds is a four times Paralympics Champion and currently has five world records to her name. Ellie shot to fame when she won her first Paralympics medal at the age of 13 years and 9 months. She came to national attention when she competed in 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing, winning two gold medals for Great Britain, despite being the youngest member of the team.

In 2012 she was again selected for the Great Britain squad, this time swimming at the home Games in London. She won two golds and set a World Record in the 400m freestyle.

Ellie inspires me a lot because no matter what happens you should never give up on your dreams. She didn’t give up and look where she is now. She is swimming for Great Britain Paralympics and is one of the most talented paralympians I know.


By Georgia Jones, Year 6