In Rio, Ellie Simmonds successfully defended her SM6 200m medley title from London becoming the first ever women in the event to go below the three minute mark.  She also showed great strength to chase down rival Ellie Robinson to take the bronze medal in the Women's S6 400m freestyle.

Ellie first came to national attention when she won two gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics, aged just 13-years-old. At her second Games in London 2012, she won two gold medals, a silver and a bronze in front of her home crowd, smashing two world records in the process.

Born with achondroplasia, the most common form of dwarfism, Ellie started swimming at the age of five and by eight-years-old was competing against non-disabled children. At ten, she had been talent-spotted and was awarded Lottery funding to support her training with the best coaches and support team.