Who is Strictly Come Dancing contestant Ellie Simmonds?

The famous former Paralympian swimmer from Walsall has been announced as the sixth competitor in this year’s Strictly series

Ellie Simmonds, a former Team GB Paralympian from Walsall, has been announced as one of the latest stars to be named in the lineup for Come dance strictly 2022. She becomes the very first dwarf to participate in the popular ballroom dancing competition.

Simmonds, who can’t quite contain his excitement, spoke to BBC Blogs after the announcement. “Being invited to be part of the Strictly family is so exciting and I can’t wait,” Simmonds said.

“It’s going to be so much fun. I count the minutes until it starts; learn to dance, meet my partner and everyone else involved in the show.

Here’s everything you need to know about the future Strictly star.

Who is Ellie Simmonds?

Paralympic swimming gold medalist Ellie Simmonds (Photo: PA/BBC)

Ellie Simmonds OBE is a 27-year-old former Paralympic swimmer who is famous for winning double gold at the 2008 Paralympic Summer Games in Beijing. At the time, Simmonds was just 13 years old and she captured the hearts of the nation.

Simmonds went on to win the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year award in 2008, before heading to the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London where she retained her S6 400m freestyle title from four years earlier. while winning another gold medal. His last Paralympic Games were at Tokyo 2020.

Since retiring from Para-swimming, Simmonds, who is an ambassador for Water Aid, has been heavily involved in charity work, focusing on sports, youth and access to water. She is also a Girlguiding leader in Manchester.

How tall is Ellie Simmonds?

Ellie Simmonds, who suffers from achondroplasia, is 4ft 0in tall which equates to 123cm (1.23m).

How many Paralympic medals has Ellie Simmonds won for Team GB?

Ellie Simmonds poses with her medals after Rio 2016 (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)

Ellie Simmonds won an incredible eight medals for Team GB at three Paralympic Games, including five gold. She has also won an astonishing 31 medals at World Championships and European Championships; 21 gold, six silver and four bronze medals.

The full list of his Paralympic medals can be found below.

  • 2008 Beijing: Gold, 100m freestyle S6
  • 2008 Beijing: Gold, 400m freestyle S6
  • 2012 London: gold, 400m freestyle S6
  • 2012 London: Gold, 200m individual medley SM6
  • 2012 London: Silver, 100m freestyle S6
  • 2012 London: Bronze, 50m freestyle S6
  • 2016 Rio de Janeiro: Gold, 200m individual medley SM6
  • 2016 Rio de Janeiro: Bronze, 400m freestyle S6

What is Strictly Come Dancing?

Now entering its 20th series, Come dance strictly is a British televised dance competition broadcast on BBC One throughout the autumn. Celebrities team up with professional dancers, and a jury rates their weekly performances from one to ten.

Informally known as Strictly, the show is currently presented by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman, and was originally hosted by the late great Sir Bruce Forsyth.

When does Strictly Come Dancing 2022 start?

Six contestants have been confirmed for the 2022 season of Strictly Come Dancing so far: (clockwise from top left) Will Mellor, Kaye Adams, Richie Anderson, Tyler West, Ellie Simmonds and Kym Marsh

No start date has yet been officially announced by the BBC, but Strictly fans old and new won’t have to wait too long for the show to begin, as the series usually begins in September.

How to watch Strictly Come Dancing

Come dance strictly airs on BBC One on Saturday evenings, with the results airing later that evening. As Strictly is part of BBC One’s Saturday primetime schedule, the main show is expected to air between 7 and 8 p.m.

There’s always the chance to catch up with Strictly Come Dancing and its sister show, It takes two, through the BBC iPlayer. You can also keep up to date with all the highlights, or lowlights, by visiting the official Strictly Come Dancing page on the BBC website.

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