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Ellie Simmonds home after Rio Paralympic success

Now it's fair to say Paralympic swimmer Ellie Simmonds has had a busy few weeks since returning from Rio with a Gold and Bronze medal.

The 21-year-old has met royalty, been congratulated by thousands in huge celebrations in Manchester and London, but today she came home to Walsall, and Chris Halpin was there too.


Ellie Simmonds receives honorary degree

It has been special day for Walsall swimmer Ellie Simmonds.

The Paralympic champion has received an honorary degree from the University of Bath.

Ellie was based in Bath with the Paralympics GB team ahead of the 2012 Games.

She was presented the degree by the university's new chancellor, Prince Edward, adding to her four gold medals from last year, as well as ten world titles, five European titles and breaking eight world records.

Princess Anne to plant tree for woodland project

Princess Anne is visiting The Woodland Trust's Jubilee Woods project in Leicestershire today.

Princess Ann gives a speech at a previous woodland event Credit: Alastair Grant/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The Princess is opening the Paralympic Grove, where one million trees will be planted to celebrate Team GB's success in the 2012 Paralympic Games.

Paralympic champion swimmer Ellie Simmonds is also at the event, where Princess Anne will plant an Oak tree, as a lasting legacy.

Ellie Simmonds to start Great Birmingham Run

Four times Paralympic gold medallist, Ellie Simmonds, OBE, is to be the honorary starter at this year’s Bupa Great Birmingham Run.

Simmonds, who has won a total of six swimming medals in the Beijing and London Paralympic games, plus a further 19 World and European Championship medals, will set the 20,000 runners on their way on Sunday October 20th.

Ellie Simmonds Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Walsall athlete said: “It’s going to be wonderful starting the Bupa Great Birmingham Run and watching 20,000 set off. There’s already a buzz in Birmingham about the event and I’m sure the atmosphere on the day will be fantastic."


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.

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.

Gold medalist Ellie Simmonds is moving to Loughborough

British swimmer Ellie Simmonds Credit: Lefteris Pitarakis/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Ellie Simmonds has today announced that she will be relocating her training base to Loughborough University after the IPC World Championships in August.

The move will provide Walsall-born Simmonds, who won two gold medals at the London 2012 Paralympics last summer, with the opportunity to utilise the facilities available in Loughborough, while allowing her to return to the close proximity of her family home, which is located in the Midlands.

"Loughborough's obviously an incredible campus, with an unrivalled sporting heritage that will provide me with an exciting new challenge and an opportunity to push myself even further," said Ellie Simmonds.

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