This week on the podcast I sit down with Ellie Simmonds OBE, five-time Paralympic Champion and numerous World record holder.
Ellie shot to fame when she won her first Paralympic medal at the age of 13 years and nine months. This was the start of a string of firsts for Ellie as she went on to become the youngest winner of the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year in 2008 and then the youngest recipient of an MBE at the age of 14.
Since her meteoric rise into the public eye, Ellie has continued to dominate her sport, winning 13 World titles, 10 European titles and breaking various World records along the way. In addition to these achievements, Ellie competed at the London 2012 Paralympics, winning four medals, including two Golds, and broke a further two World records. Her Gold medals were won in the S6 400m Freestyle and SM6 200m Individual Medley and she won Silver in the S6 100m Freestyle and Bronze in the S6 50m Freestyle.
In this episode today we discuss key things that have made Ellie successful and also the importance of maintaining balance and how she handles pressure.