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Eleanor Robinson



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Short stature
Origin of Impairment
S6, SB6, SM6

Further personal information

Athlete, Student

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She learned to swim at age four, and joined Northampton Swimming Club in England at age 11. She began to compete in 2012.
Why this sport?
She was inspired to get involved in Para sport after watching British swimmer Ellie Simmonds compete at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. She was introduced to Para swimming at a Playground to Podium assessment day in 2012 in Northampton, England. "Before the [swimming] season started in September [2012], I went to the Aquatics Centre in London, where I watched the Paralympic GB athletes competing. The excitement surrounding the London [Paralympic] Games was definitely a catalyst to the start of my swimming career."
Club / Team
Northampton Swimming Club: England
Name of coach
Jacquie Marshall [club], GBR
Training Regime
She does eight pool sessions and two gym sessions a week.

International debut

Competing for
Great Britain

General interest

Ellie (, 29 Jan 2021)
Watching Formula One, reading, writing. (, 12 Sep 2020;, 19 Aug 2020)
Hero / Idol
British Para swimmer Ellie Simmonds, British Para athletes Jonnie Peacock and Hannah Cockroft. (, 02 Dec 2014;, 13 Jun 2020)
She was diagnosed with Perthes' disease, a disorder affecting the hip joint, in November 2012. She had to undergo daily physiotherapy, and was able to return to training in April 2014. (, 02 Dec 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If I can inspire one child somewhere in the world, that's enough for me. That's partly why I swim." (, 31 Dec 2016)
Awards and honours
In 2020 she was named in The Shaw Trust Power 100, which is compiled by British charity the Shaw Trust and lists the 100 most influential people with an impairment in the United Kingdom. (Twitter profile, 23 Oct 2020;, 23 Oct 2020)

She was named Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire [MBE] in the 2017 New Year's Honours list. (, 31 Dec 2016)

She was named the 2016 BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year. (, 14 Dec 2016)

She was named the 2014 Achiever of the Year by Northampton Disability Sports in England. (, 02 Dec 2014)

She received the award for Outstanding Female Performance at the 2014 British Short Course Championships in Manchester, England. (, 02 Dec 2014)
To win medals at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo, improving on the gold and bronze she won at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. (sportsbeatvideo YouTube channel, 06 Apr 2018;, 12 Sep 2020)
She was born with cartilage-hair hypoplasia [CHH] and is a person of short stature. (, 13 Jun 2020;, 11 Mar 2021)
Other information
Before winning gold in the S6 50m butterfly at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, she drew attention for wearing an over-sized jacket with the hood up as she entered poolside before the race. "I always love when people ask about it. It's just, people asking me really shows how involved they got. It shows how much progress [has been] made. I think when people have something like that coat effectively, it really helps them remember the Paralympic Games. They say, 'Oh, of course I remember seeing that kid that walked out in a huge coat. What a weirdo'." (, 12 Sep 2020)

She was selected as one of 13 athlete ambassadors for ParalympicsGB's 'Impossible to Ignore' campaign, which will see her appear in the British Paralympic team's promotional branding in the athletes' village at the 2020 Games in Tokyo, as well as in digital content. "The 'Impossible to Ignore' campaign has helped me to create what I believe is one of the biggest impacts that sport has had on my life - my identity. To be an athlete carries a huge identity and with it we can choose to pursue all manner of aspirations." (, 29 Jan 2021)


Unit Date Rank
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 50 m Butterfly S6 Heat 1 2016-09-09 1
Women's 50 m Butterfly S6 Final Round 2016-09-09 1
Women's 50 m Freestyle S6 Heat 3 2016-09-10 2
Women's 50 m Freestyle S6 Final Round 2016-09-10 4
Women's 400 m Freestyle S6 Heat 1 2016-09-13 2
Women's 400 m Freestyle S6 Final Round 2016-09-13 4
Women's 100 m Freestyle S6 Heat 1 2016-09-17 1
Women's 100 m Freestyle S6 Final Round 2016-09-17 3