One of the enduring images of the Paralympics was of swimmer Ellie Simmonds crying tears of joy as she overcame exhaustion and fatigue to beat her rivals to yet another gold medal. Ellie eptimosises the spirit of the Paralymics, overcoming adversity to become a world class sportswoman who has inspired a generation.
Not surprisingly the 18 year old is a huge advocate for the sport of swimming and she recently joined a number of other Team GB aquatic Olympians to celebrate the role of swimming in the lives of ordinary Brits at the ASA Swimtastic Awards. Hosted by former Olympian and now BBC Radio 5Live commentator Steve Parry, the awards celebrated some of the country’s most outstanding amateur achievements in the pool. The annual event recognises people of all ages and abilities as well as those responsible for providing swimming lessons. The awards are divided into ten categories and recognise achievements made through the Kellogg’s ASA Awards Scheme.