What we know about Ellie Simmonds' parents and family

Joshua Rogers August 1, 2022
What we know about Ellie Simmonds' parents and family
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Here’s everything we know about Ellie Simmonds’ parents and family as the British swimmer continues to cover the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Ellie Simmonds is a British swimmer who has won four Paralympic gold medals as well as ten world records to her name.

She rose to prominence when she won her first Paralympic medal at the age of 13 at the Beijing Games in 2008. Ellie would go on to become the youngest winner of the BBC Young Sports Personality Of The Year in 2008, as well as the youngest recipient of an MBE at the age of 14.

These days she is part of the BBC’s broadcast team and has been on hand to cover all the swimming action at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

Her early life

Ellie was born on 11 November 1994 in Walsall, and grew up in Aldridge, a small town in the Walsall borough in the West Midlands.

Ellie started swimming at the age of five for Boldmere Swimming Club in Sutton Coldfield under head coach Ashley Cox. She would go on to study psychology at Loughborough University in England.

What is Ellie Simmonds’ height in feet?

According to the International Paralympic Committee, Ellie was born with achondroplasia, a genetic disorder and form of dwarfism.

Ellie Simmonds height is 1.23m, which is about 4ft.

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What we know about Ellie Simmonds’ parents

Ellie Simmonds’ parents are Steve and Val Simmonds. At the age of 11, Simmonds relocated to Swansea, Wales, with her mother Val so she could be trained by coach Billy Pye in a 50m pool.

Ellie’s father, brother and three sisters remained in the family’s home town of Walsall, and she continued to travel back on weekends to visit them.

Val Simmonds said: “You want to give your children the best possible opportunity. It certainly rewards that.”

Speaking about the experience, Ellie told The Guardian: “It was a big sacrifice my parents made for almost six years. Mum set us up in a little house to retain as much normality as possible, but it was really tough being separated. I really appreciated the little time I did have with dad even more then.”

Ellie added “mum was the doer” whereas “dad was the fun one, playing with us and swinging us about”. She added Steve was also the cook in the family.

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Simmonds’ siblings and relationship with sister Katie

Ellie Simmonds has three sisters and a brother. There is a more than 20-year age gap between Ellie and siblings Steven, Pauline and Georgina.

Ellie is reportedly closest to sister Katie, who’s only five years older than her. Like Ellie, Katie also has achondroplasia.

Despite their age gap, Ellie said: “We’re a very close family, even though we weren’t often together as a group. 

“Family activities involved riding our bikes, going for long walks or picnics in the park. Growing up, most of our family holidays were staycations in the UK. It wasn’t until I was seven that we went ‘abroad’ together for the first time, to Jersey.”

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.