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Ellie Simmonds on quest to encourage thousands to swim

Ellie Simmonds is encouraging more people to swim this summer Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Paralympic champion swimmer Ellie Simmonds is taking time out from preparing for the World Championships this summer to encourage more people to take a dip.

The Walsall Paralympian will swim in Coventry at the end of August as part of the Swim Britain event. It aims to get 500,000 more people swimming more regularly by 2015.

Ellie Simmonds wins £25,000 for charity on gameshow

Ellie Simmonds won £25,000 for charity on the ITV1 gameshow Who Wants To Be A Millionaire Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Walsall's Ellie Simmonds won £25,000 for charity on Who Wants To Be A Celebrity Millionaire last night on ITV1.

The poster girl of the Paralympics teamed up with musical theatre star Michael Ball, getting to the £50,000 mark.

Ellie's half of the money will go to the Dwarf Sports Association, which works to help people with restricted growth access sporting activities.


Treasured Midlands' athlete has her eyes on Sports Personality of the Year award

Ellie Simmonds winning gold at the London 2012 Paralympics. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA

2012 has been a fantastic year for Britain and an impressive 12 months for athletics in the Midlands. Now, with the Sports Personality of the Year Award about to be announced, Ellie Simmonds from Walsall, is hoping to be crowned the winner.

Ellie Simmonds is a four-times Paralympic champion and five times world record holder in swimming. With four medals and two world records, Ellie helped Britain into third place at this year's Paralympic Games in London.

She was born with Achondroplasia dwarfism in 1994 and began swimming at the age of five.

Ellie Simmonds has already been the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year – winning in 2008, after rocketing into the public eye during the Beijing Paralympics, where she won two gold medals.

This year is the 59th Sports Personality of the Year and is considered the closest final ever.

Other sport personalities hoping to win are Nicola Adams, Ben Ainslie, Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah, Katherine Grainger, Sir Chris Hoy, Rory McIlroy, Andy Murray, Sarah Storey, David Weir and Bradley Wiggins.

Ellie Simmonds' second homecoming

Ellie Simmonds with her medals on display today in Walsall Credit: ITV Central

Ellie Simmonds enjoyed a second homecoming today in Walsall, Aldridge.

Local businesses organised the day to raise money for Ellie's own charity the Dwarf Sport Association and to keep the London 2012 spirit alive.

Fans waiting to have pictures signed by Ellie Simmonds Credit: ITV Central
Crowds line up to meet Ellie the golden girl of Walsall Credit: ITV Central

Paralympian Ellie Simmonds excited about second homecoming parade

A second event to celebrate the success of paralympic swimmer Ellie Simmonds is taking place in her home town of Aldridge near Walsall this afternoon.

It's been organised by shopkeepers in the High Street to raise money for the Dwarf Sports Association.

It follows a homecoming parade which took place in Walsall on Monday when Ellie toured the town on an open-top bus.


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Ellie Simmonds homecoming, full report

It has been a summer of sporting success with the Olympic and Paralympic games in London and the Midlands played its part when it came to helping the country climb that medal table.

Ellie Simmonds was one of the local paralympic stars who wowed the world with her stunning performances in the swimming pool.

Today she took a tour of where she grew up, to thank everyone for their support and of course to show off those medals.

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