Paralympic Champion Ellie Robinson Announces Retirement

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Paralympic Champion Ellie Robinson Announces Retirement

British Paralympic gold medalist Ellie Robinson has announced her retirement from swimming after the Tokyo Games.

Robinson, 20, won the women’s S6 butterfly gold medal at the Rio Paralympics in 2016 at just age 15. She added a bronze medal in the S6 100 free. She was named the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year in 2016 and awarded an MBE in 2017.

Robinson battled through a hip injury to reach the final in the S6 50 fly in Tokyo, finishing in fifth place.

“Where do I begin? How about I just say… Swimming, you’ve served me well,” Robinson said in a press release by British Swimming. “Although your door may be closing, it will never be locked. I will forever be peering through to admire the beauty behind you.

“We’ve not always got on well. We’ve clashed countless times – but swimming, I can happily extend a hand and say ‘thank you. It was all part of your plan in the end. I should have never doubted you’.”

Robinson also won gold in the S5 50 fly at the 2018 European Championships in Dublin. She won silver in that event at Euros in 2016 and silver in the S6 100 free at Euros in 2018, along with three bronze medals in 2016.

Robinson, a native of Northampton who swam at Northampton Swim Club under coach Andy Sharp, also nabbed a gold medal in the S7 50 fly at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, representing England. She added a silver in the 50 fly at the World Championships in London in 2019.

“It has been a pleasure to play a part in Ellie’s career over the past six years and watch on at all she has achieved, beginning with a British record-setting display at the National Paralympic Day event in London back in 2015,” British Paraswimming national performance director Chris Furber said. “There is no doubt that, through her performances at two Paralympic Games and other major international competition, she has helped to promote para-swimming and also raise the profile of para-sport more generally.

“We wish her every success for the future and look forward to seeing what the next chapter holds for Ellie Robinson.”

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