Para-swimming: 14 year old Ellie Robinson qualifies for Rio


A 14 year old girl from Northampton has beaten her personal best to qualify for Rio. Her old S6 50m butterfly record has been replaced with a 36.70 in the heats and 36.34 to follow in the final.

Ellie Robinson told BBC Sport “It hasn’t sunk in yet that I’m in line for Rio”.

Robinson, has a form of Dwarfism which left her on crutches at the young age of 11. She is inspired by the Paralympian Ellie Simmonds and has idolised her since 2012. She added “I thought then, that I really wanted to do this”.

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Ellie hopes to beat Ukrainian Oksana Khrul’s world record of 36.05 when she makes her GB debut in next week’s IPC Swimming European Open Championships in Madeira, Portugal.

17 swimmers have achieved Olympic qualification times, to date, and there is two days left of the competition.

Click here for the Disability sport calendar or refer to the list below.


23rd-27th: British Para-swimming International, Glasgow

25th-1 May: ISAF Sailing World Cup, Hyeres, France

26th-30th: Boccia World Open, Montreal, Canada

28th-1st May: Wheelchair Fencing World Cup, Laval, Canada

30th-7th May: Football 7-a-side Pre-Paralympic Tournament, Salou, Spain


1st-7th May: IPC Swimming European Open Championships, Funchal, Portugal

1st-4th May: IPC Shooting World Cup, Poland

2nd-6th: Goalball Paralympic qualifying event, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

4th-7th: Table tennis Slovenia Open, Lasko, Slovenia

6th-8th: UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup – Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

7th-8th: BWRA Championships (Athletics), Stoke Mandeville

11th-14th: Table Tennis Slovakia Open, Bratislava, Slovakia

12th-14th Para-dressage competition, Roosendaal, Netherlands

13th-14th: IPC Athletics Grand Prix, Arizona

17th-19th: ICF Para-Canoe World Championships, Duisburg, Germany

17th-22nd: Wheelchair Tennis Japan Open, Fukuoka, Japan

17th-22nd: IWAS Wheelchair Fencing European Championships, Italy

19th-21st: IPC Athletics Grand Prix, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

20th-22nd: UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup – Oostende, Belgium

23rd-28th: Wheelchair Tennis World Team Cup, Tokyo, Japan

27th: European Paratriathlon Championships, Lisbon, Portugal

27th-29th: Table Tennis Greek Open, Greece

26th-29th: IPC Athletics Grand Prix, Nottwil, Switzerland


2nd-4th: French Open Wheelchair Tennis (Grand Slam), Roland Garros

4th-5th: ITU World Paratriathlon Event, Strathclyde

4th-5th: BWAA Championships (Athletics), Stoke Mandeville

4th-8th: GB Judo Grand Prix

8th-11th: Table Tennis China Open, Beijing, China

8th-14th: ISAF Sailing World Cup, Weymouth, Great Britain

9th-12th: Football 7-a-side International Trophy, Barcelona, Spain

10th-16th: IPC Athletics European Championships, Grosseto, Italy

13th-18th: IWAS Wheelchair Fencing World Cup, Warsaw, Poland

13th-19th: Boccia World Open, Povoa, Portugal

19th: ITU World Paratriathlon event, Besancon, France

19th-25th: Table Tennis Romania Open, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

24th-26th: Wheelchair Rugby Canada Cup, Richmond, Canada


6th-10th Para-dressage competition, Hartpury, Gloucestershire

7th-10th: Wimbledon Wheelchair Tennis

9th-10th: Para-cycling Road European Cup – Vrátna, Slovakia

16th-17th: IPC Athletics Grand Prix, Berlin

23rd: IPC Athletics Grand Prix Final, London

23rd-24th: ITU Para-triathlon World Championships, Rotterdam, Netherlands

26th-30th: British Open wheelchair tennis, Nottingham

27th-31st Para-dressage competition, Bishop Burton, Yorkshire

26th-7 August: Football 7-a-side Intercontinental Cup Qualification Tournament, Vejen, Denmark


7th-18th: Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


4th-9th: Wheelchair Tennis US Open, St. Louis, USA

9th-12th: Table Tennis Thailand Open, Bangkok, Thailand


2nd-6th: Table Tennis Argentina Cup, Buenos Airies, Argentina

10th-14th: Table Tennis Chile Open, Santiago, Chile

25th-27th: IWAS Wheelchair Fencing World Cup, Pisa, Italy


7th-14th: ISAF Sailing World Cup, Melbourne, Australia



Reference: BBC Sport



One thought on “Para-swimming: 14 year old Ellie Robinson qualifies for Rio

  1. Reblogged this on Breaking Boundaries and commented:
    Brilliant post by tacklingstigma about 14 year old Ellie Robinson qualifying for Rio


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