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Swansea swimming star Ellie Simmonds becomes youngest person in living memory to be appointed OBE

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: December 29, 2012

Ellie Simmonds

Ellie Simmonds

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SWANSEA swimming star Ellie Simmonds has become the youngest person in living memory to be appointed OBE.

The 18-year-old Olchfa Comprehensive School pupil, who took double gold in this summer's Paralympic Games, has already been appointed MBE and has been recognised again in the latest New Year's Honours List.

The teenager, who trains in Swansea, said: "It's been a great honour to be included in the list which caps an amazing year for me personally and for British sport."

Her mother Val said her daughter is currently taking a few well deserved days off before entering three weeks of training.

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She said: "We are incredibly proud and she is herself. It is a huge honour.

"To get recognised twice by the age of 18 is incredible.

"She is really pleased because it has been such a marvellous year for sport.

"She sees it as receiving the honour on behalf of the whole British team."

Simmonds, who has achondroplasia dwarfism, won four medals and broke two world records at London 2012, bringing home gold in the S6 400m freestyle and SM6 200m individual medley.

She also won silver in the S6 100m freestyle and bronze in the S6 50m freestyle.

Standing alongside sprint champion Jonnie Peacock, Simmonds helped to extinguish the Paralympic flame at the London 2012 closing ceremony.

Her quest for London 2012 gold was the British public's most anticipated event of the Paralympic Games.

It led to the unprecedented situation of her being named among three athletes with a disability, alongside cyclist Sarah Storey and wheelchair racer David Weir, in the shortlist for the coveted BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.

The star is hoping to qualify for the swimming World Championships in Canada in the summer.

She is targeting not just the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, but the 2020 and 2024 Games beyond that.

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  • Philcwmavon  |  December 29 2012, 10:42PM

    Congratulations Ellie.You're beautiful smile,masking all the hard work you are doing behind the scenes,lights up Wales. Truly deserved:enjoy your acclaim girl,and thank you.

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  • homeboy123  |  December 29 2012, 9:31PM

    Yes well done. But there are many people who do a lot of work and never get an award, also a lot of people have turned them down this year.

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  • JerryLew  |  December 29 2012, 5:56PM

    Fantastic award for a fantastic young lady. Very very well done. All the best for the future.

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  • Hadoken84843  |  December 29 2012, 5:14PM

    Well done Ellie, real asset to Swansea.

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  • antyall  |  December 29 2012, 1:06PM

    Well done Ellie,the best import Wales has had for a long time,you are a true inspiration.

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  • 3l1zab3th  |  December 29 2012, 12:28PM

    Well done Ellie, an award well deserved. I've a Cousin who was proud to be able to represent the Country in a Summer & Winter olympics, but you're hoping to represent the Country more again. Good luck!

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  • Vange  |  December 29 2012, 11:20AM

    Brilliant news! I feel so proud just to live within 18 miles of this lady - she's done so much for Swansea, Wales, sport and young people. Thank you Ellie and congratulations.

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  • SportySprouts  |  December 29 2012, 11:03AM

    Well Done Ellie you living an incredible life for such a young woman. The postbox on Trawler Road, always put a smile on my face. Keep it going you are such a Star.

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  • JohnSW4  |  December 29 2012, 9:52AM

    Ellie is a beauty full young lady and a inspiration not just to youngsters but to everyone in Swansea!

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