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Ellie Challis

Athlete Information

  • Region

    Little Clacton

  • Date of Birth


  • Classification

    S3, SB2, SM3

Athlete main content

Ellie Challis broke one World and two European records at the 2019 British Para-Swimming International Meet in Glasgow to secure her place at the World Para Swimming Championships the same year, before going on to clinch her first international medal at that event.

Challis secured bronze in the S3 50m Backstroke in London, as well as claiming top-10 finishes in the SB3 50m Breaststroke, SM4 150m Individual Medley and SM5 50m Butterfly.

That followed on from an eye-catching debut in the British Para-Swimming International Meet of 2018, when she claimed gold in both the MC 50m Breaststroke and MC 150 Medley events.

The young Clacton-on-Sea swimmer burst onto the scene in 2017, breaking the British SB2 50m Breaststroke record that had stood since 1992, before becoming the world record holder in the event two years later.

Ellie was the youngest member of ParalympicsGB at Tokyo where she won a silver medal in the S3 50m backstroke.

Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games

  • 50m backstroke S3: Silver
  • 50m breaststroke SB3 (S2): 10th
  • 50m freestyle S4 (S3): 13th
  • 100m freestyle S3: 4th
  • 4x50m mixed freestyle relay (20pts): 8th

London 2019 World Para Swimming Championships

  • 50m backstroke S3: Bronze
  • 50m breaststroke SB3: 5th
  • 50m butterfly SM3: 10th
  • 150m individual medley SM4: 8th

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