High-flying pals' support for Paralympian Ellie Simmonds
PUPILS and staff at a Swansea school are wishing Paralympian Ellie Simmonds good luck as she prepares to compete in London 2012.
The 17-year-old Olchfa Comprehensive School pupil will be competing for four medals at the sporting event, which got under way in spectacular fashion with its opening ceremony on Wednesday night.
They include the 50 metres, 100 metres and 400 metres freestyle and the 200 metres individual medley.
Ellie's supporters were out in force wishing the double Paralympic swimming gold medallist good luck following a visit by the National Lottery's London 2012 Hot Air Balloon, sporting the words Pob Lwc Ellie.
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Julian Kennedy, assistant headteacher of Olchfa Comprehensive School, said they would be proud of whatever Ellie achieved at the Paralympics.
Mr Kennedy said: "Eleanor is a very valuable member of the school community.
"We are very proud of her achievements in and out of school.
"We wish her every success for the Games and we look forward to welcoming her back to resume her studies after the completion of the event.
"She's very dedicated to building her A-Levels around her training.
"We have special arrangements to accommodate her training."
He added: "How she comes across on the TV is how she is."
Ellie moved to Swansea from Walsall to carry out her training at the city's Wales National Pool.
The National Lottery made its visit to the city school to mark its investment in sport.
They wanted to wish Ellie all the best ahead of her 400 metres freestyle defence, which takes place in the Aquatics Centre at the Olympic Park today at 5.40pm.