Ellie Simmonds Family, Partner, Net Worth, Facts
Despite her limitations, Paralympian swimmer Ellie Simmonds proved her worth, winning two gold medals at the 2008 Summer Paralympic.
The British athlete was only 13 years old when she broke the world record for the 100m and 400m freestyle. By the time she was 14, Ellie was honored with the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) Award. Moreover, Ellie reigned as the supreme receiving OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in 2014.
Keep reading to learn more facts as well as other details about her family and background.
Bio & Facts On Ellie Simmonds
Ellie was born on 11th November 1994. Diagnosed with achondroplasia - a form of dwarfism, her height grew upto 4 feet (1.21m) while she maintains a constant weight of 45 kgs.
However, the young athlete didn't let her disability become her identity. Ellie started swimming at the young age of five and had already begun competing against non-disabled children when she was eight. Her outstanding performance in swimming was discovered soon after at a disability event.
Then on, Nothing could get on her way as she swam her way through to the membership of the senior British Swimming squad.
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Ellie broke more records in the world of swimming, winning 13 World titles and 10 European titles.
Family, Dating Partner?
The daughter of Steve and Val Simmonds, Ellie was raised alongside her four siblings: Steven, Pauline, Georgina, and Katie. She is the youngest in the family and is closest to her sister Katie - who also has achondroplasia.
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Ellie's mum is a strong-headed woman who took care of the kids and their growth game, while her dad was the cook of the family. The Walsall native was 11 when her parents decided to move Ellie to Swansea with Val to train with the GB squad.
It wasn’t easy as her dad stayed back with her siblings, and the family would reunite only on the weekends.
Ellie Simmonds boasts her gold medal win at the London 2012 Games (Photo: marketingweek.imgix.net)
Steve and Val watched nervously from the stands as the swimmer stormed through her career-defining successes. They are both proud and appreciative of their youngest breaking one record at a time.
Besides the love for her family, the determined lady doesn’t share anything about her dating life on media. However, Ellie once shared a picture with Susie Rodgers at TeamSportsAid Ball referring her as a partner in crime. Susie is also a gold medalist and a fellow Paralympic swimmer like herself.
Net Worth Info
As a Paralympian, Ellie earned $7,500, $5,250 and $3,750 for winning her gold, silver and bronze medals respectively. But, as she signed games and time deals with London 2012 sponsors such as Adidas, BMW, and Cadbury, her earning rose to between £300,000 to £500,000.
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Ellie eventually took a year off and traveled the world, backpacking in Vietnam and working on a conservation project in South Africa. But, as of September 2019, she has bounced back and hopes to win the gold at World Para Swimming Championships.