Good morning, and welcome to our brand new inspiring story series, where we will be celebrating and sharing the stories of people with disabilities who have achieved fantastic things, and used their limitations as a strength.
Eleanor Simmonds is a British Paralympian swimmer who has won five gold medals, a variety of very prestigious awards, and beaten world records.
Inspiring quotes from Ellie
‘If you’ve got a disability, you’re normal’
‘You only live once, and you need to enjoy life to go out and achieve whatever you want to’
As well as this, she has won 10 Gold Championship titles.
Ellie has also won the 2008 Young Sports Personality of the Year.
In 2009, at the age of 14, she became the youngest person in history to be appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) from the Queen!
Ellie also has a wide range of other long term goals that don’t involve swimming. These include attending university, pursuing her love of baking, becoming a TV presenter, or a publicist.
‘The red carpet stuff is brilliant, but at the end of the day, it’s about getting into the water. Swimming’s my comfort zone’
Little People UK is a fantastic charity that supports, empowers and champions people with genetic conditions similar to Ellie Simmonds. It provides an amazing support network for the dwarf community.
Check out this link for more information, and the opportunity to donate to a worthy cause...
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