Ellie Simmonds says she's been trolled online after her Strictly dance (2023)

Ellie Simmonds has sadly revealed that she has 'already' been trolled online following her first performance on Strictly Come Dancing on Saturday night.

The Paralympic swimmer, 27, has achondroplasia dwarfism which causes a normal sized torso and short limbs,

She had detailed her fears of being in the dance off and getting no votes ahead of her Cha Cha Cha to Dance by DNCE.

And despite getting compliments from all four judges and gaining 26 points on her first week - she was left feeling deflated after seeing comments from trolls on social media.

Swimmer turned dancer:Ellie Simmonds has sadly revealed that she has 'already' been trolled online following her first performance on Strictly Come Dancing on Saturday night

Ellie, who stands at 4ft tall, said that despite being nervous and finding the competition tough so far, she wants to do it all over again.

She was worried about signing up for the show, particularly because of the big height difference between her and partnerNikita Kuzmin - and what keyboard warriors might have to say about it.

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She told The Sun:'I've had it already. Some people have said, "How's the dwarf going to dance?" It's sad and it does get to you.'

Ellie told the publication that she was convinced to take part in the show with the help of her boyfriend Matt, who also has dwarfism.

Dancing the night away:The Paralympic swimmer, 27, had detailed her fears of being in the dance off and getting no votes ahead of her Cha Cha Cha to Dance by DNCE

As Britain's youngest Paralympian, entering the Beijing 2008 games aged just 13, Ellie Simmonds has also made Strictly history.

She isthe first person with dwarfism to take part, with the athlete stating ahead of her appearance: 'If I can do it, people watching can too.'

And Ellie for sure made her community proud as she kicked and partner Nikita Kuzmin off her Strictly campaign with a great Cha Cha Cha to Dance by DNCE.

Partners:She was worried about signing up for the show, particularly because of the big height difference between her Nikita Kuzmin (left) - and what keyboard might have to say about it

Saturday night fever:As Britain's youngest Paralympian, Ellie Simmonds has also made Strictly history as the first person with dwarfism to take part in the dance show

Sharing his thoughts on her routine, Anton said: 'You powered across the floor, you went, "OK, here we go, have some of this". Your side-by-side work was great, your timing was excellent. It was good.'

With Craig agreeing with his co-star as he shared 'I have to agree with Anton, the timing, your attitude, the rhythm, your isolation. It was excellent.'

While Motsi added: 'I absolutely love this team. What I love is this focus, you understand what the dance was about. Allow yourself to enjoy it even more. I loved it.'

Ellie recently opened up to MailOnline and other publications about starring in the show, detailing that it will be an adjustment for both her and the professional she is paired with.

She explained: 'I asked my professional partner if he was going to be all right with it because I'm small but he was like, "I want to dance with you, I want to try it out".

'It's scary. Yes, I'll be self-conscious. I'm a woman anyway, I'm different. We all worry about our wobbly bits. I'm not going to be like any other celeb, with that partnership where you can hold each other.'

Trolls: The 4ft swimmer, who won five gold medals in three Paralympics (pictured with her gold for the 400-metre freestyle at the London 2012 games), said she received abuse on Twitter from people who thought her dwarfism meant she could not dance

(Video) Paralympic Champion Ellie Simmonds Reveals After Leaving Strictly | Lorraine

She says that her bowed legs, smaller steps and shorter arms will mean she has to make adjustments, particularly as her professional partner is much taller.

She will also have the challenge of wearing heels for the first time. She added: 'This morning I was wearing them in while brushing my teeth. I never normally do that.

'I went around the studio to make sure I can reach things. They got me a smaller clothes rail. It's things like that to make me comfortable…

'My partner has never danced with an individual with dwarfism before, so we didn't know how we'd hold each other, how we do the moves… This is so out of my comfort zone.'

She hopes her appearance on Strictly, which first airs on Friday on BBC1, will inspire others, saying: 'People have reached out to me, it's been so touching. If I can do it, people watching will be like, 'We can do it too.'

'If I had this as a child, watching someone with dwarfism on a dancing show, it would have been amazing. I never thought I'd get the opportunity. I swam in front of millions of people but dancing is different.'

Support: The star also noted that she's had some tips from Little Woman: LA star Terra Jolé - who appeared on the 2016 season of Dancing With The Stars (Terra Jole on Dancing With The Stars)

The star also noted that she's had some tips from Little Woman: LA star Terra Jolé - who appeared on the 2016 season of Dancing With The Stars.

'I saw Terra Jolé, who is an individual with dwarfism, do it on the American version – Dancing with the stars. I actually got in contact with her to ask for any tips – how isit going to be?

'What are we going to do? How do we adapt? Seeing her do it made me know that I can do it because I’fnever seen anyone with dwarfism dance before.'

Terra Jolé has also showed public support for Ellie following the news she will be on the show, telling The Mail On Sunday: 'Ellie is going to be amazing, it will test her endurance more than anything else she has done, but I think she can make the final – I think she can win!'

What is Achondroplasia?

Achondroplasia is a form of short-limbed dwarfism. The word achondroplasia literally means 'without cartilage formation'. However, the problem is not in forming cartilage but in converting it to bone, particularly in the long bones of the arms and legs.

All people with achondroplasia have short stature. The average height of an adult male with achondroplasia is four feet, four inches, and the average height for adult females is four feet, one inch.

Characteristic features of achondroplasia include an average-size trunk, short arms and legs with particularly short upper arms and thighs, limited range of motion at the elbows, and an enlarged head with a prominent forehead.

Fingers are typically short and the ring finger and middle finger may diverge, giving the hand a three-pronged (trident) appearance.

Health problems commonly associated with achondroplasia include episodes in which breathing slows or stops for short periods (apnea), obesity, and recurrent ear infections.

Source: nih.gov.

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Ellie Simmonds' No. 1 fan! How the Paralympian and Strictly star can count on the support of her publicity-shy boyfriend who she's known since childhood - after his parents introduced her to swimming aged two

She revealed she has faced cruel trolling after her first appearance on Strictly, but Paralympic superstar Ellie Simmonds can count on the support of her boyfriend as she shimmies her way closer to the glitterball trophy.

Strictly viewers were delighted with a surprise appearance by her long-term partner, Matt Dean, who was on hand to cheer on his talented girlfriend as she took to the floor with her dance partner Nikita Kuzmin.

It offered a rare glimpse of Ellie's publicity-shy partner, who prefers to stay out of the spotlight despite his girlfriend's increasingly high profile career as a TV presenter and campaigner.

The couple have been together for a number of years and live in a house they own in south Manchester.

In a heartwarming twist, Ellie, 27, met Matt, who also has dwarfism, through his parents Penny and Arthur Dean, pioneers of sporting opportunities who gave thefive-time Paralympic gold medallist her start in the swimming pool.

Paralympic superstar Ellie Simmonds can count on the support of her boyfriend as she shimmies her way closer to the glitterball trophy with partner Nikita Kuzmin, pictured

Strictly viewers were delighted with a surprise appearance by her long-term partner, Matt Dean, pictured, who was on hand to cheer on his talented girlfriend

(Video) From The Swimming Pool To The Ballroom Ellie Simmonds On All Things Strictly | This Morning

In a heartwarming twist, Ellie, 27, met Matt, who also has dwarfism, through his parents Penny and Arthur Dean, pioneers of sporting opportunities who gave the five-time Paralympic gold medallist her start in the swimming pool. Pictured, Ellie with Matt's mother, Penny Dean in a documentary about living with dwarfism

When Ellie won her first race as a toddler, it was Penny Dean, left, who gave her her medal. Now Ellie has found love with Penny's son, Matt, and they live together in South Manchester

In 2008, as a teen, she won the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year award fresh off her performance in her first Olympic Games, where she took home two golds, pictured

Ellie, who was diagnosed with achondroplasia, the most common form of dwarfism, as a baby, grew up with average height parents who ensured she was surrounded by other people with dwarfism.

This led the family to the Dwarf Sport Association UK, founded by Mr and Mrs Dean, which introduced Ellie to swimming at the age of two.

Ellie has previously described how Mr and Mrs Dean have been an important part of her life since childhood, supporting her as she pursued her sporting dreams. The couple were awarded OBEs in recognition of their achievements

Love blossomed between their son and Ellie a couple of years ago, although they have kept the details of their relationship under wraps - even from those closest to them.

Penny joked in the documentary Ellie Simmonds: A World without Dwarfism, that she didn't know Matt and Ellie had been dating, until her son confessed.

'We've been together a couple of years and just bought a house in South Manchester,' Ellie told The Sunearlier this year.

The youngest of five children, Ellie, pictured aged seven, was small compared to her friends, but it didn't affect her childhood. Her free time was spent pony riding and ballet dancing, and she played the part of a giant in a school play

Ellie was fond of pony riding and ballet as a child, before she joined a swimming club age five and fell in love with the sport

A sporty child, Ellie began to collect medals in all sorts of sports before dedicating herself to swimming

'We lived together during lockdown in London, so have become very used to living with each other.'

Ellie explained it was Matt who encouraged her to embrace the opportunity of doing Strictly.

She said in a separate interview with The Sun: 'When I got the call I did wonder whether I should do it. Then I thought I'd do a leap of faith. You don't know until you try.'

She revealed that Matt told her:'Go for it, you don't know unless you try.'

Their playful relationship became clear to viewers during Saturday night's Strictly show when Ellie cheekily told presenter Claudia Winkleman that he was cooking for her 'for the first time ever' but needed to 'add more vegetables' to his dishes.

The swimmer, 27, who was born in Walsall, West Midlands, and was diagnosed with achondroplasia - the most common form of dwarfism - as a baby, is a five-time Paralympic gold winner who made a splash at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 by winning her first two gold medals. She was just a teenager when she made her debut (above)

Throughout her Olympic career, Ellie has also relied on the unconditional support of her parents, Val and Steve, pictured at the London 2012 Olympics where Ellie broke three world records

(Video) Tony Adams bids farewell amid fury over Ellie Simmonds' Strictly exit

26 of Ellie's medals are gold medals, five of which she won at the Olympics Games. The last gold she took home was for her 200 m individual medley SM6 at the Rio Olympics of 2016

'We have to mention your partner Matt because he's never cooked before and now you're doing Strictly, I believe he's making you packed lunches, he's making supper at night,' the presenter said.

Ellie replied: 'He's making everything, so yeah, he's an alright cook,' before joking that she thinks 'he could do a bit better.'

She explained: 'He needs to add the vegetables. He keeps forgetting the vegetables and is just giving me carbohydrates!'

The camera zoomed in on Matt, who gave a thumbs up from his place in the audience.

Ellie, who retired from swimming last year following the Tokyo Olympics, has said it is 'a real honour' to be 'the first dwarf doing the show' and vowed to 'show how positive that is, that to be different is OK.'

It is the same can-do attitude that has driven Ellie through every stage of her career.

Elliewas born the youngest of five children in Walsall, West Midlands. She was small compared to her friends, but it didn’t affect her childhood one jot.

She went pony riding, ballet dancing and performed in school plays.

Her parents Val and Steve have always been supportive of their daughter.

'I grew up with average height parents and they always ensured I was surrounded by other people with dwarfism,' she said in the BBC documentaryEllie Simmonds: A World Without Dwarfism.

'There's never really been a time in my life where I've thought 'I want to be tall, I want to be different'.

'It's given me some of the most amazing things, like representing my country, going to the Paralympics, and the friendship, the people I meet along the way.'

She fell in love with swimming age five, and three years later, was racing to the same pace as her able-bodied peers, telling the Daily Mail in 2012: 'I just wanted to keep up with my friends, so I worked even harder.'

When she was just 11 years old, Ellie and her mother relocated to Swansea so she could train with coachBilly Pye in a 50m pool.

Meanwhile, Ellie's father Steve and her siblings remained in the family home in Warsall, and she would travel back and forth to visit on the weekends.

Ellie became fully dedicated to the sport after watching Nyree Lewis (now Kindred) from Wales win gold in the 100-metre backstroke at Athens 2004, and Ellie began to train three hours a day, six days a week.

The biggest honour came in 2009 when she became the youngest ever person to receive a MBE from the Queen, aged 14, pictured

Her MBE was later turned into an OBE for her service to Paralympic swimming, which she received from Prince Charles in 2013

There are over 200 types of dwarfism. Achondroplasia is caused by a genetic mutation that leads to impaired bone growth. This leads to physical differences, like short thighs and upper arms.

In more than 80 per cent of people with achondroplasia, it also causes bowing of the legs and curving of the upper back.

Simmonds had four minor operations when she was 11 years old to straighten her legs and help with her swimming.

For around 15 per cent of children born with dwarfism, life-saving surgery is required to ensure that the passageway that connects the brain to the spinal cord is wide enough.

The swimmer also recognises she is fortunate to have 'grown up quite fit, quite able, quite athletic' and raised by supportive parents who were entirely supportive of her dwarfism and never saw it as a barrier to success.

After retiring from competitive swimming in 2021, Ellie has gone on to present for BBC Sport, most recently for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, as well as making documentaries such as Ellie Simmonds: A World Without Dwarfism? for BBC One and BBC iPlayer

In 2008, she won two gold medals during the Beijing Olympics, becoming the youngest individual gold medallist ever at 13.

Her Olympics success propelled her into the limelight, and she appeared on Blue Peter and All Star Family Fortunes, and rubbed elbows with the likes of David Beckham, Lewis Hamilton, and then Prime Minister David Cameron.

She juggled her newfound fame with her studies, passing nine GCSEs and learning to drive a specially adapted Mini One hatchback with pedal extensions and a high cushioned seat provided for her by BMW.

The biggest honour came in 2009 when she became the youngest ever person to receive a MBE from the Queen, aged 14. Four years later she received an OBE.

Ellie's parents wore t-shirt adorned with her face as they watched Ellie break the World Records at the London 2012 Olympics.

After she made history, her father, Steve Simmonds, told Business Live: 'That was the most incredible thing I've ever seen her do.

He added: 'There were seriously loud noises for all the British athletes. It was an unreal atmosphere. I think the encouragement from the crowd will have made a difference.'

(Video) Tony Adams bids farewell amid fury over Ellie Simmonds' Strictly exit

It was announced this Summer that Ellie would be joining this year's Strictly Come Dancing Cast, pictured outside her dressing room

Ellie, pictured on the dancefloor with Nikita, told MailOnline and other outlets at the time: 'Disability representation is so important on a show like this, and I'm honoured to do it for the dwarfism community

And noting that it will not only be something new for her, but for the show's professionals to adapt to as well - Ellie admitted it's a learning process

Ellie's mother Val added:'You want to give your children the best possible opportunity. It certainly rewards that. I was shaking all the way through the race. It was only in the last 20 metres we were confident she would win.'

Ellie's young age is not the only thing that made her stand out in a pool: the swimmer collected 39 medals throughout her career swimming in the s6 disability category.

Twenty-six of her medals are golds, five of which she won at the Olympics Games. The last gold she took home was for her200 m individual medley SM6 at the Rio Olympics of 2016.

Simmonds, who was Team GB's flag bearer at the Tokyo Olympics last summer, announced after the event that it was time 'hang up the goggles.'

'I've heard it said by others that you know when it is time to call it a day, and having given a lot of thought to it, I know that now is the right time for me,' she posted on Twitter at the time.

'Being part of the Paralympic movement and able to contribute in some small way to the progression of para-sport means an enormous amount to me and is something that I shall continue to be involved in.

'Being a Paralympian has changed my life. I've made the best of friends, travelled the world and met the most amazing and inspirational of people - all while having the time of my life.'

Simmonds finished fifth in her final race - S6 400m freestyle - having had an initial disqualification overturned on appeal.

'Since my first international competition in 2006 aged 12 to the Tokyo Paralympics, competing for Great Britain has been the greatest honour of my life,' she added.

'From having my dreams come true as a wide-eyed and excited 13-year-old in Beijing and then competing in a home Games in 2012 through to now it's hard to convey just how proud, honoured and grateful I am for everything, not least the wonderful support I've had.

'I love swimming and I'll still be found in the pool, but now I'll be able to do it without the 04:30 alarm.'

After retiring from competitive swimming in 2021, Ellie has gone on to present for BBC Sport, most recently for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, as well as making documentaries such as Ellie Simmonds: A World Without Dwarfism? for BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

It was announced this summer that the swimmer would be competing in this year's Strictly Come Dancing.

'It's been so hard keeping this secret as I've wanted to tell everyone. I'm going on Strictly Come Dancing!! I'm a tad nervous too, well more than a tad… I'm absolutely petrified,' she said after BBC made the cast announcement.

'To be asked to be part of the Strictly family is just so exciting and I cannot wait, it's going to so much fun. I'm counting down the minutes until it starts; learning to dance, meeting my partner and everyone else involved in the show.

'Plus wearing the sequins and all that, It's going to be a blast. I've been watching Strictly from as far back as I can remember; it's a traditional lead up to Christmas with my family and it's a genuine privilege to be part of it.'

She added to The Mirror: 'I'll be so, so nervous, and I will try not to think of all the people watching,' said Ellie, who attended the Commonwealth Games yesterday.

'My family and friends will support me and help me stay grounded. I am the first dwarf doing the show, I will show how positive that is, that to be different is OK. It is a real honour.'

Ellie told MailOnline and other outlets at the time: 'Disability representation is so important on a show like this, and I'm honoured to do it for the dwarfism community.

'Especially something like dancing, which is something that I've never ever done before. So hopefully people who are sitting at home and watching realise that anyone can do it.'

The swimmer also gushed over previous winner Rose Ayling-Ellis - who was the show's first ever deaf contestant, and went on to win last year.

And noting that it will not only be something new for her, but for the show's professionals to adapt to as well - Ellie admitted it's a learning process.

'Dancing with a person of shorter stature is obviously new for the professionals too and then I'm completely new at dancing so it's about seeing how we'll see how we can adapt it and learning for me and my partner - it's like where do you put your hands and things like that.'

While Ellie has endured rigorous training for her swimming career, the star also admitted that dancing rehearsals are a 'completely different' kind of sport.

'It's completely different to swimming training, I'm aching already. Swimming is in the water but dancing is very high impact, it's muscles I've never used before.'

She has previously been supported publicly by reality star Terra Jole, who also has dwarfism and starred on the US version of Strictly, Dancing With The Stars, back in 2016.

And with the TV personality making it to the semi-final of the show, Ellie explained that she's been getting some tips from her: 'Terra Jole has been giving my so many tips on how to stand and everything so that's been so helpful too.

'I've been so nervous thinking about doing it in front of a live audience and on Saturday night TV but it's also exciting. It's like when you're a kid at Christmas and you're so excited that you feel sick,' shared Ellie.

However, Ellie has admitted her first Strictly experience has been tarnished by cruel troll targeting her online.

She was worried about signing up for the show, particularly because of the big height difference between her and partner Nikita Kuzmin - and what keyboard warriors might have to say about it.

She told The Sun: 'I've had it already. Some people have said, 'How's the dwarf going to dance?' It's sad and it does get to you.'

And Ellie for sure made her community proud as she kicked and partner Nikita Kuzmin kicked off her Strictly campaign with a great Cha Cha Cha to Dance by DNCE.

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Sharing his thoughts on her routine, Anton said: 'You powered across the floor, you went, 'OK, here we go, have some of this'. Your side-by-side work was great, your timing was excellent. It was good.'

With Craig agreeing with his co-star as he shared 'I have to agree with Anton, the timing, your attitude, the rhythm, your isolation. It was excellent.'

While Motsi added: 'I absolutely love this team. What I love is this focus, you understand what the dance was about. Allow yourself to enjoy it even more. I loved it.'

FAQs

What has happened to Ellie Simmonds? ›

Ellie Simmonds has left the swimming pool behind her and is taking Strictly Come Dancing by storm in her first major career move since retiring after the Tokyo Paralympic Games last summer.

What condition does Ellie Simmonds have? ›

Ellie started swimming at the age of five. Her disability, classified as Achondroplasia dwarfism proved no barrier to her and by the age of eight she was competing against able-bodied children.

How did Ellie Simmonds get her disability? ›

Ellie was born with a classified disability called achondroplasia dwarfism, which meant that her bones did not grow properly whilst in the womb, resulting in short limbs. She started swimming at the age of five and started competing against able-bodied children at the age of eight.

Is Ellie Simmonds still in Strictly Come Dancing? ›

Ellie Simmonds's mum says her daughter has gained so much through Strictly Come Dancing, despite being disappointed to leave the show. Val Simmonds said she had gained confidence by doing something "so out of her comfort zone".

What is Ellie's disability? ›

Simmonds was born with achondroplasia, the most common cause of dwarfism, and now she will be the first UK contestant of Strictly Come Dancing who has the condition. "Disability representation is so important on a show like this [Strictly Come Dancing], and I'm honoured to do it for the dwarfism community," she said.

What is Ellie Simmonds worth? ›

This is all very much up to speculation, but the according to Popularbio.com Ellie Simmonds is worth a whopping $23m, which is around £19 million.

What does s6 mean in Paralympics? ›

This class includes people with a number of different types of disability including short stature, major limb impairment or loss in two limbs. This includes people with cerebral palsy, people with dwarfism and amputees. The class competes at the Paralympic Games.

Does Ellie Robinson have dwarfism? ›

Ellie has a rare type of dwarfism, Cartilage Hair Hypoplasia, which can come with health complications. In November 2012 she was diagnosed with Perthes hip disease which requires her to undergo daily physiotherapy. In 2016, after the Rio Paralympics, she was named the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year.

What is C4 in Paralympics cycling? ›

C4 is a para-cycling classification. It includes people with lower limb impairments or issues with lower limb functionality. Disability groups covered by this classification include people with cerebral palsy, amputations and other lower limb impairments.

Why did Ellie Simmonds get an OBE? ›

Eleanor 'Ellie' Simmonds OBE is a five-time Paralympic Champion and she shot to fame in 2008 when she won her first Paralympic medal at the age of 13 at the Beijing Paralympic Games. Later that year she became the youngest winner of the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year. She was awarded an MBE at the age of 14.

What is Ellie Simmonds stroke? ›

At the latter event she lowered her 200m individual medley SM6 world record and claimed her first international 100m breaststroke SB6 title.

Did Ellie Simmonds won? ›

Aged just 13 at the time, Ellie Simmonds was the second youngest Paralympian in British history to win a medal of any colour when she competed at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games.

Is Ellie Simmonds in a relationship? ›

Who is Ellie's boyfriend Matt Dean? Ellie is currently dating her childhood friend turned boyfriend, Matt Dean. They've been together for several years and keep their romance relatively private, first meeting through Matt's parents.

What is the Strictly line up for 2022? ›

Meet The Strictly 2022 Celebrity Contestants

Waltzing onto our screens this year are Ellie Simmonds, Ellie Taylor, Fleur East, Hamza Yassin, Helen Skelton, James Bye, Jayde Adams, Kaye Adams, Kym Marsh, Matt Goss, Molly Rainford, Richie Anderson, Tony Adams, Tyler West and Will Mellor.

What's Ellie's full name? ›

Ellie Williams is the central character of The Last of Us series.

What happened to Ellie's mother? ›

The Last of Us Games: Elli's Mom – Anna

Anna was a nurse and a good friend of Marlene, leader of the Fireflies. Anna would give birth to Ellie after the Cordyceps brain infection outbreak, dying a few hours after the birth.

Who is Ellie's girlfriend? ›

Ellie is a character in the video games The Last of Us (2013) and The Last of Us Part II (2020) by Naughty Dog.
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How much does Adam Peaty earn? ›

On top of that, those who join the Strictly Come Dancing live tour receive more money (though with Peaty's athletic commitments, that would be a tough assignment). By comparison, Peaty earned about $98,000 in the 2020 ISL season, but about $33,000 of that came during the regular season.

What is Ellie Simmonds world record? ›

This time the swimmer claimed the title for the fastest swim short course 400 m freestyle - S6 ever achieved by a female para swimmer. The record was set in November 2013, when Ellie achieved a time of 5 minutes 27.58 seconds during the National Open Short Course Championships in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, UK.

What does Ellie Simmonds eat? ›

She tries to eat something that's filling but not too heavy and stays away from spicy food. The morning of – On the morning of a race Ellie sticks to something simple like cereal and will always have a big cup of coffee to help wake her up. Her top tip is to find something that works for you and stick to it.

What disability is S14? ›

S14 swimmers have an intellectual impairment, which typically leads to the athletes having difficulties with regards to pattern recognition, sequencing, and memory, or having a slower reaction time, which impact on sport performance in general.

What is a T38 disability? ›

T38 and CP8 are disability sport classification for disability athletics intended for people with cerebral palsy. It includes people who have coordination impairments such as hypertonia, ataxia and athetosis.

What disability is S8? ›

S8, SB7, SM8 are disability swimming classifications used for categorizing swimmers based on their level of disability. This class includes a number of different disabilities including people with amputations and cerebral palsy.

Did Ellie ever learn to swim? ›

Because the life jacket keeps her afloat, Ellie learns to swim and has fun too.

What disability does Ellie Challis have? ›

When she was 16 months old, Challis contracted meningitis, which resulted in the above knee amputation of her legs and a below elbow amputation of her arms.

How old is Ellie the swimmer? ›

What is a C5 disability? ›

Definition. PBS defined this classification as "Cyclists with least impairment, including single amputation and minimal neurological disfunction."

What is t4 in Paralympics? ›

T42-44 (Lower limb competing without prosthesis affected by limb deficiency, leg length difference, impaired muscle power or impaired passive range of movement) T45-47 (Upper limb/s affected by limb deficiency, impaired muscle power or impaired passive range of movement)

What is a C1 disability at Paralympics? ›

Likewise, cycling's C1 is reserved for those with the most severe physical limitations. Each sport also has its own minimum impairment criteria, where international federations determine on a case-by-case basis if athletes are eligible to compete. It's up to those evaluators to classify eligible athletes, too.

Why did Ellie Simmonds retire? ›

Great Britain's Ellie Simmonds has revealed that the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games will be last. The 26-year-old para swimmer, who boasts eight Paralympic medals including five golds, made her retirement announcement after she was disqualified from the women's 400m freestyle S6 final.

Where is Ellie Simmonds gold post box? ›

The box in Aldridge was painted gold for the swimmer in September after she won four medals, including two golds, at London 2012. Walsall Council said it had lit up the box to "get even more attention as the light brings it out of the shadow". Ms Simmonds, 18, described the spotlight as "another nice touch".

Does Ellie Simmonds have a job? ›

Ellie Simmonds - Athlete Voice and Representative Co-ordinator (AVCR) - The British Athletes Commission | LinkedIn.

How is Ellie Simmonds doing in Tokyo? ›

News of Simmonds' likely retirement came ahead of three GB medals at Tokyo Aquatics Centre, including a fifth career gold for Bethany Firth. Northern Ireland swimmer Firth retained her S14 100m backstroke crown in a time of 1:05.92, with team-mate Jessica-Jane Applegate taking bronze, just over two seconds behind.

Where did Ellie Simmonds come in the Olympics? ›

The swimmer bagged two golds in Beijing 2008 for the 100m freestyle S6 and 400m freestyle S6. Four years later at the London 2012 Paralympics, Ellie won four medals - two golds in the 400m freestyle S6 and 200m individual medley SM6, a silver in the 100m freestyle S6 and a bronze in the 50m freestyle S6.

How old is Ellie Simmons? ›

How can I contact Ellie Simmonds? ›

How to hire Ellie Simmonds. Contact the Champions Speakers agency to provisionally enquire about Ellie Simmonds for your event today. Simply call a booking agent on 0207 1010 553 or email us at agent@championsukplc.com for more information.

What did Ellie Simmonds do? ›

Ellie Simmonds OBE is best-known for her achievements as a Paralympic Champion. She won her first medal at the age of 13 and is the youngest winner of the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year (2008) and the youngest recipient of an MBE at the age of 14.

Is Giovanni Pernice single? ›

He is also an Italian Open Latin Dance Champion (2012), and the Guinness World Record holder for Jive kicks and flicks, as well as Charleston swivels. His height is 5 foot and 10 inches.
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Who is on Strictly 2023? ›

Those on the line up are Australian Open Champion Dianne Buswell; 11-time Italian Latin American Champion Vito Coppola; Chinese National Dance Champion Carlos Gu , Professional World Mambo Champion Karen Hauer and undefeated four-time British National Champion Neil Jones.

What date is Strictly 2022? ›

And who could be the next to exit the ballroom? Here's everything you need to know about Strictly Come Dancing class of 2022, including what time it starts tonight (Saturday 12th November) and when the results show will air on Sunday (13th November).

Who does Ellie fall in love with? ›

Noah and Elle is the most popular romantic ship in the franchise. They started dating after their first kiss when Noah cut the line for the Kissing Booth. They almost get caught by Mrs. Flynn and Lee. Lee is the first one to find out about them after an incident and he later approves.

Who is Ellie's sister? ›

Delilah Alves was a main character in the second season of You, and is portrayed by Carmela Zumbado.

What age is Ellie Taylor? ›

Why was the Canadian swimmer disqualified today? ›

Swimming in the semifinals of the women's 200 free on Monday in Budapest, Canadian Penny Oleksiak was disqualified for a false start.

How old was Ellie Simmonds at her first Olympics? ›

Aged just 13 at the time, Ellie Simmonds was the second youngest Paralympian in British history to win a medal of any colour when she competed at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games.

How old is Ellie Simmonds now? ›

What does S6 mean in the Paralympics? ›

S6 is for swimmers with co-ordination moderately affected on one side, highly affected in the lower trunk and legs, those with short stature, or the absence of limbs. These swimmers have difficulty holding good body position or swimming straight, through the water.

When did Ellie Simmonds get her OBE? ›

Simmonds was elevated to Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to Paralympic sport.

Does Ellie Simmonds have a child? ›

The former BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year also boasts 14 World Championship titles. Like Paralympian Ellie, Hailey, her daughter Skye, 12, and her son Finlay, 17, were born with achondroplasia, which stunts growth in arms and legs.

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