CELEBRITY OF THE YEAR AWARD –
Ellie Simmonds OBE is a Five-time Paralympic Champion and fourteen-time World Champion. Ellie shot to fame when she won her first Paralympic medal at the age of 13 years and nine months at the Beijing Paralympic Games. 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 14 World titles, 10 European titles and breaking numerous World records along the way. One of the most recognised athletes in Para-Swimming around the world, Ellie’s work with charities such as Dwarf Sports Association, WaterAid and I AM WATER, in addition to her frequent work in the media, has truly cemented her status as Britain’s golden girl.