Lizzie Simmonds

Lizzie is a two-time Olympian who specialised in backstroke. As a sporty youngster, Lizzie quickly found her place in the pool, progressing through the ranks of the local swimming club and winning Age Group National Championships when she was 12.

At the age of 14, she won five Golds at the European Youth Olympics, and over the following two years stepped up to win six European Junior Gold medals. She qualified for her first senior team at 15, and her first Olympic Games in 2008, aged 17.

As well as her debut in Beijing, she competed at the London Olympic Games in 2012, achieving a fourth-place finish in the 200m backstroke.

She is passionate about using her experiences from elite sport to help young people develop and thrive. Having retired in 2018, she now holds the Vice Chair role of the British Olympic Association Athletes’ Commission, bringing athlete perspectives to Team GB support programmes.

Lizzie is now bringing her athlete experiences and stories to our member schools, helping to engage and enthuse children to not be afraid of failure and to work hard to achieve their personal best.

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