Ooops... spelling fails to shine but Paralympion Ellie gets star treatment

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By Walsall Advertiser | Thursday, December 13, 2012, 09:20

SUTTON'S Paralympic golden girl Ellie Simmonds' latest accolade was tinged with embarrassment after her name was spelt wrong on it – TWICE.

The 18-year-old princess of the pool – whose 'd' in her surname was missing – smiled through the gaffe when she was presented with a replica of the star which will be added to the 'Broad Street Walk of Stars' in Birmingham city centre for her "global contribution to British Paralympic sport".

It is not known whether the mistake was a fault on the part of the company responsible for inscribing the names onto the awards or if it was an error on the part of those who provided the spelling of her name.

Broad Street Business Improvement District, which has awarded the honour, failed to reply to the Observer's numerous messages about the issue.

It is believed that a replacement slab, complete with correct spellings, will now be made and sent to Ellie.

But the double disaster didn't take the shine off the achievement for the swimming star and her parents, with dad Steve admitting that "people make mistakes".

Some of Ellie's 38,900 followers on Twitter also made light of the mistake, suggesting she should change her username on the social-networking site from 'EllieSimmonds1' to EllieSimmons1'.

Prior to receiving the star at The Lord's Taverners' Sporting Christmas Lunch at Warwickshire County Cricket Club last Thursday (December 6), Ellie said: " It would be really cool to have my own star on Broad Street."

When it was revealed two weeks ago that the golden girl would be receiving her own star, Nichole Samuels Broad Street marketing manager, said she was an "obvious choice" for the honour after her sensational summer winning two gold medals at the London 2012 Paralympics.

"Ellie is a role model to many and a testimony to the talent that excels from the Midlands," Nichole said.

"I am honoured to have her contribution to British sport officially acknowledged on our golden mile."

It is not known when Ellie's star on Broad Street will be unveiled.

The four-time Paralympic champion, whose face and name has been all over the media since her success in the pool over the summer, will be hoping such an error won't be repeated if she is named this year's BBC Sports Personality of the Year on Sunday.

The former Boldmere swimming Club star is among 12 sporting heroes shortlisted for the prize alongside cyclists Bradley Wiggins and Sir Chris Hoy, tennis star Andy Murray, athletes Jessica Ennis and Mo Farah, rower Katherine Grainger, golfer Rory McIlroy, boxer Nicola Adams and sailor Ben Ainslie.

Fellow Paralympians Sarah Storey and David Weir are also hopefuls for the award.

The winner will be revealed on the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2012 programme on BBC One on Sunday (December 16) starting at 7.30pm.

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