Ellie Simmonds diary: European Championship medal haul a thrill

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Ellie Simmonds writes her first diary entry for GiveMeSport after winning five medals at the IPC European Championships. You can follow her on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/EllieSimmondsOfficial

I’m very happy with how the IPC European Championships went in Eindhoven.

Not only to come away with three golds and two silvers, but personal bests in four events and a World Record! I'm over the moon. It also shows I'm moving forward and from a training perspective, things are going great.

Amazing feeling

I was hoping to go for a World Record and I knew I had it in me as training had been going really well, but you never really know how things are going to go on the day. You don’t realise if you’ve managed to achieve it until you finish and you see the timing come up on the board! It was such an amazing feeling and one I hope to achieve again.

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It’s really important to enjoy your swimming, which I am, and I’m thoroughly looking forward to the future. Next year we’ve got the World Championships up in Glasgow and having seen from afar the amazing atmosphere of the Commonwealth Games, I can’t wait to experience a major Championship up there for myself.

Training & Zumba

Looking back at Eindhoven, the World Record in the 200m Individual Medley was a real shock, but a brilliant one! Since I’ve got back from Holland, it’s been back to training, though not all in the pool. We’ve had a little time to do our own thing and I’ve been having a go at things like Zumba as well as my usual gym and swimming training.

I'm off on my first holiday in over a year, which I can’t wait for, and then after that I’m busy back in training and college. I’m also looking forward to being up at the Sainsbury’s School Games in Manchester and being part of the British Gas Swim Britain in Coventry.

Swim with me!

Both are amazing events and shows how much opportunity there are for people to take part in sport from every age. Hopefully we’ll see the next crop of Great Britain athletes emerge from both. I competed at the Sainsbury’s School Games when I was younger, so I know first-hand what an amazing event it is!

Also, there are still spots available for people of all ages and abilities to sign up for Swim Britain, so get involved at any one of the events around the country and if you’re in Coventry on 6th September, I look forward to seeing you there!

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