Ellie Simmonds celebrates year of achievement as Bradley Wiggins takes BBC Sports Personality title
ELLIE Simmonds received a standing ovation tonight as she took to the stage of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.
The Swansea-based swimmer was one of 12 nominees for the top prize.
That went to Tour de France winner and Olympic gold medallist Bradley Wiggins but tonight's events only add to the marvellous year Paralympic poster girl Ellie Simmonds has had.
She stormed to victory at the Aquatics Centre in London 2012, smashing world records on her way to medal success.
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She bagged two golds - one with a quite superb fight back - plus a silver and a bronze.
The former Olchfa School pupil was among sporting gods and goddesses tonight. In the end, it was down to you, the voting public.
Before the programme 18-year-old Ellie revealed she was under no illusion she would be up against the very best, despite being on a shortlist of 12.
"This year has been such a good one for British sport," she said.
"To be recognised is just a tremendous honour. It is going to be a great night, I feel very lucky."
In 2008 she clinched the Young Sports Personality of the Year after winning two Paralympic gold medals in Bejiing at the age of 14.
teenager, who was born with anchondroplastia or dwarfism, said she was thrilled to be a Paralympian.
"I'm so proud to be a Paralympian and to have been a part of it and around so many great people," she added.
"The most important thing that came out of the Games was the whole legacy thing.
hope that every child with a disability realises that he or she can still do sport."
Despite her success, she is having home tuition to help her pass her history A-Level and she is determined to pick up her A-Level in world development again next September.
Her mum Val Simmonds, 59, while obviously proud of Ellie's success, refuses to shout about her achievements.
She said: "Other people can blow trumpets — we don't need to, we just want to see our children being happy and working hard in life."
Mrs Simmonds added: "The whole atmosphere at the Paralympics was absolutely electric. People took Ellie to their hearts and they were so happy to talk to us as her parents."