Ellie Simmonds

Strictly Come Dancing: Paralympic swimmer Ellie Simmonds is ‘so excited’ after line-up announcement

Paralympic champion Ellie Simmonds is “so excited” to be part of the next season of Strictly Come Dancing.“It’s been so hard to keep the just want to tell absolutely everyone,” the former swimmer said on Radio 5.Ms Simmonds added the only person she had shared the news with before the line-up was publicly announced, were her partner, her parents and her sister.The BBC show revealed today (8 August) that singer Matt Goss was the latest celebrity to take part in the 20th season of the show.Click here to sign up for our newsletters. Read More Will Mellor says he is ‘terrified’ about joining Strictly Come DancingStranger Things Noah Schnapp ‘video called’ with Love Island Ekin-SuThe Archers: 103-year-old actress June Spencer retires from show after 70 years
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Ellie Simmonds OBE is our sixth celebrity contestant for 2022!

Ellie Simmonds OBE is best known as a gold medal-winning Paralympic swimmer and broadcaster. At the age of thirteen she was the youngest British athlete at the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing, and won gold medals in the 100m and 400m freestyle events. Ellie Simmonds said: “Oh my gosh!! I’m...
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Ellie Simmonds to Appear on 2022 Season of Strictly Come Dancing

Five-time Paralympic gold medal winning swimmer Ellie Simmonds will appear on one of Britain's most-watched television shows next season. Archive photo via Speedo. Recently-retired British swimmer Ellie Simmonds will be on the next season of the hit BBC celebrity dance show Strictly Come Dancing. The 5-time Paralympic gold medalist follows...

“The First Dwarf”: Paralympic Champion Ellie Simmonds Makes Strictly Come Dancing History

Click here to read the full article. Paralympic swimming champion Ellie Simmonds has been announced as a contestant for this year’s Strictly Come Dancing, saying she’s delighted to be the first contestant with dwarfism to take part in the show. The competition will be returning for its 20th year in September, and Simmonds told the BBC she was embracing the “once in a lifetime” opportunity: “I’m so excited, I just want to enjoy every second and try out the sequins and costumes. “I’ll be the first dwarf doing this show and I just want to show how positive it is – being...

Commonwealth Games 2022: Ellie Simmonds tips Para-sport to shine in Birmingham

Coverage: Watch live on BBC TV with extra streams on BBC iPlayer, Red Button, BBC Sport website and BBC Sport mobile app. This summer's Commonwealth Games are a huge opportunity for Para-sport to make a significant impact, former swimmer Ellie Simmonds has told BBC Sport. The five-time Paralympic gold medallist...

Ellie Simmonds: A World Without Dwarfism?

Ellie Simmonds investigates a controversial new drug that promises to help children with dwarfism grow closer to average height. If it can prevent dwarfism, should we embrace it?

Ellie Simmonds: A World Without Dwarfism - Paralympian explores views on new drug

"I'm worried that this drug could be the end of dwarfism altogether," says Ellie Simmonds in new BBC documentary, Ellie Simmonds: A World Without Dwarfism. In the programme, which airs on BBC One on Tuesday 5 April at 21:00 BST, the 27-year-old five-time Paralympic Champion explores a new drug called vosoritide, which has been developed to treat children with achondroplasia, the most common form of dwarfism.

Ellie Simmonds: one swimmer, one race, one goal. And my hero

Eleanor May Simmonds. Some may call her a swimmer, some may call her a Paralympian but I call her my hero. Ellie Simmonds has completed many amazing things in her life so far: she is the youngest British swimmer to have ever competed at the Paralympics at only 13 years old; she is the youngest person to have ever received an OBE (Order of the British Empire) at 14 years old; in 2008 she won the BBC’s young sports personality of the year award at the age of 14.

Five-time Paralympic gold medallist Ellie Simmonds retires from swimming

Five-time Paralympic gold medallist Ellie Simmonds has confirmed her retirement from swimming.The 26-year-old announced last week that she expected Tokyo 2020 to be her fourth and final Paralympic Games.Simmonds, who was selected as one of Great Britain’s opening ceremony flagbearers in Japan planned to return home and evaluate her career and has now decided “it’s time to 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...

‘It’s time to hang up my goggles’: ParalympicsGB star Ellie Simmonds retires

Ellie Simmonds said it was “time to hang up my goggles” in a statement officially announcing the retirement of the ParalympicsGB icon. Simmonds missed out on a medal at the Tokyo Games and admitted afterwards that she was considering walking away from the sport after a decorated career.The five-time Paralympic S6 swimming gold medallist confirmed the decision in a statement on Thursday afternoon and thanked the public for their support. “Back home from Tokyo and I’ve finally managed to go through all of the wonderful messages I’ve received from so many good people,” she wrote. “Thank you from the bottom...

Ellie Simmonds, British Paralympic Champion, Announces Retirement

Five-time Paralympic champion and British Para-Swimming legend Ellie Simmonds has announced her retirement from competition following Tokyo 2020. Simmonds has become a household name in British sport during a glittering 15-year career, which included four Paralympic Games and a quintet of titles on the sport’s biggest stage. After breaking on...

5-Time Paralympic Gold Medalist Ellie Simmonds to Retire

Simmonds, 26, said after her last race in Tokyo that the Games would be the last of her highly decorated Paralympic career. Archive photo via GungHo, Speedo. Eight-time Paralympic medalist Ellie Simmonds, who represents Great Britain, is retiring after the Tokyo Paralympic Games, she said on Thursday. Simmonds, 26, revealed...

Ellie Simmonds hailed a ‘Paralympic legend’ as she weighs up her future

Ellie Simmonds has been described as an “amazing ambassador for Paralympic sport” by British Swimming chief executive Jack Buckner as she weighs up her future.Five-time Paralympic champion Simmonds on Thursday said of Tokyo 2020, where she has fallen short of adding to her medal haul, that “I think this is going to be my last”, adding “I’ll go home and evaluate.”The 26-year-old Walsall-born athlete has won a total of eight Paralympic medals across four Games, including two golds at Beijing 2008 aged 13.Buckner told the PA news agency: “She has been a legend of the Paralympic movement and a legend...