Robinson Wins Gold for Team England on the Gold Coast!
Posted: Tue, 10 Apr 2018 19:00
Last Thursday 5th April Northants para – swimmer Ellie Robinson of Northampton Swimming Club won a gold medal for Team England in the S7 50m butterfly at the Commonwealth Games which are being held on the Gold Coast in Australia.
Having won her heat well in a time of 36.38 seconds, sixteen - year – old Robinson then went on to win the final in a highly impressive 35.72, beating Canada's Sarah Mehain by nearly 2 seconds. What made this achievement even more incredible was the fact that the Northampton swimmer was the only S6 classification competitor in the race having to compete up a class against all the others who were S7's.
All of this comes less than 6 years after Ellie was first discovered at a para – swimming talent ID event organised in partnership between Northamptonshire Sport, Swim England and Northampton Swimming Club just prior to the 2012 Olympics in London. Having impressed the coaches on the day, Ellie joined Northampton Swimming Club shortly after the event.
Then thanks to her hard work and that of the coaches at the club, Ellie went on to win gold in the S6 50m Butterfly at the Rio Paralympics in 2016. Her year then finished on an extreme high when she won the BBC Young Sports Personality of the year award that same December.
Anyone with a disability, or sensory impairment who has been inspired by Ellie's achievements and would like to get involved in para – swimming should contact Northampton Swimming Club on 01604 622264 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Thanks very much to Swim England and SWpix for use of their photograph!