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Ellie Simmonds to start swimming challenge in Coventry

Paralympic swimmer Ellie Simmonds will be back in the Midlands this weekend to start British Gas' SwimBritain challenge.

The four-person relay event aims to encourage 500,000 people to swim more regularly by 2015.

Read: Ellie Simmonds on quest to encourage thousands to swim

Ellie Simmonds shows off her London 2012 medals Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Archive

Ellie will open the event at Coventry Sports & Leisure Centre this morning, and will be joined by Olympians Ross Davenport, Amy Smith and Joe Roebuck.

Eighteen-year-old Ellie, from Walsall, is a four-time Paralympic gold medallist and World Champion.

Read: Gold medalist Ellie Simmonds is moving to Loughborough

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Montreal hat-trick for Simmonds

Stephanie Millward claimed two golds and Ellie Simmonds completed her Montreal hat-trick as Great Britain finished their IPC World Championships campaign second in the medal table.

Simmonds at the British Gas Swimming Championships in Sheffield Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Millward took the 100m backstroke title and was a member of the 4x100m medley relay team who took more than six seconds off their world record, while Simmonds came out on top in the 100m freestyle.

Stephanie Millward at last year's Olympic and Paralympic parade Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Archive/Press Association Images

With four silvers and two bronzes also bagged on the final night, Great Britain finished with 55 medals in total - including 18 golds - to finish behind only Ukraine in the standings.

Simmonds adds to her collection in Montreal

Ellie Simmonds has won bronze in the S6 50m event at the IPC Swimming World Championships in Montreal.

Simmonds claimed bronze in the S6 50m event Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

The Paralympian from Walsall originally finished fourth, but was promoted to third after German race-winner, Tanja Groepper, was later disqualified for a false start.

The bronze is added to her gold in the S6 400m earlier in the week.

World Championships one-two for Nottinghamshire

Nottinghamshire swimmer Ollie Hynd edged out his brother Sam to claim a second IPC World Championship gold in Montreal.

Ollie Hynd celebrating last years Paralympics Credit: Paul Gilham/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The brothers took the top two places in the S8 400m freestyle, which adds to 18-year-old Ollie’s gold in the 200m medley earlier this week. He also won bronze in the 100m backstroke.

It is 22-year-old Sam’s first medal at this year's championships.

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Ellie Simmonds storms to World Championship gold

Ellie Simmonds finished 20 seconds ahead of second place
Ellie Simmonds finished 20 seconds ahead of second place Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Ellie Simmonds added yet another world title to her growing collection as she dominated the S6 400m final on the opening day of the IPC Swimming World Championships in Montreal.

The 18 year-old from Walsall finished more than 20 seconds ahead of second place at a time of 4.25.06.

Nottinghamshire's Ollie Hynd picked up a bronze in the S8 100m backstroke.

Ellie Simmonds to compete in World Championships

Ellie Simmonds at the Athletes Victory parade in London last year Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The poster girl of the Paralympics, Ellie Simmonds, is flying the Midlands flag as she takes to the pool later in the IPC Swimming World Championships in Canada. The 18-year-old from Walsall secured four medals - two of them gold - during the London 2012 Games.

Ollie Hynd at the Athletes Victory parade in London last year Credit: Paul Gilham/PA Archive/Press Association Images

She will be joined by Ollie Hynd, the Nottinghamshire swimmer who won a gold medal at the London 2012 Paralympics in the 200m Individual Medley, in a European record time.

He also won silver in the 400m Freestyle and bronze in the 100m Backstroke.

London 2012 Paralympic gold medalist gives Midlands youngsters a swimming lesson

London 2012 Paralympic gold medalist, Josef Craig, has been swimming with children in Walsall to celebrate the efforts of youngsters who are learning the sport.

Last month, a survery by the Amateur Swimming Association revealed that almost fifty per cent of children ageed seven to eleven in the West Midlands cannot swim twenty five metres on their own.

He told ITV News Central that anyone can get involved in swimming.

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