Ellie's shortlisted for BBC sports personality of year

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By Walsall Advertiser | Thursday, November 29, 2012, 09:20

SUTTON swim star Ellie Simmonds could add to her golden year of achievements after being shortlisted for this year's BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award.

The 18-year-old Paralympic princess of the pool, who won two gold medals at the London 2012 games, was named in the list of 12 sporting heroes in contention for the prize, announced this week.

She joins cyclists Bradley Wiggins and Sir Chris Hoy, tennis star Andy Murray, athletes Jessica Ennis and Mo Farah plus Katherine Grainger, Rory McIlroy, Nicola Adams and Ben Ainslie.

Fellow Paralympians Sarah Storey and David Weir were also named as hopefuls for the award, the winner of which will be revealed on December 16.

The nomination for the Boldmere Swimming Club life member, who enjoyed an incredible homecoming parade through her hometown of Aldridge and Walsall following her exploits in the capital this summer, came as it was also announced that the local golden girl is to receive her own star on the 'Broad Street Walk of Stars' in Birmingham city centre.

She will be presented with the honour in recognition of her "global contribution to British Paralympic sport".

Ellie said: "My mom was the first to give me the news and I was delighted. It would be really cool to have my own star on Broad Street."

Nichole Samuels, Broad Street marketing manager, said the swimmer was an "obvious choice" for the honour after her sensational summer.

"Ellie is a role model to many and a testimony to the talent that excels from the Midlands," Nichole said. "I'm honoured to have her contribution to British sport officially acknowledged on our golden mile."

Ellie will be presented with her star at The Lord's Taverners' Sporting Christmas Lunch being held at Warwickshire County Cricket Club on December 6.

But while the accolades keep coming, Ellie has returned to the pool this week for a coaching camp to inspire the next generation of swimmers.

Ellie Simmonds and fellow teammates from the British Gas GBR Disability Swimming Team put a group of 20 disabled and able-bodied nine to 14-year-olds through their paces at the Wales National Pool in Swansea on Tuesday.

Ellie said: "It's been an incredible year for me and I'm so pleased that everything came together so brilliantly. I love what I do and I want to show both disabled and able-bodied children how great swimming is."

      

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