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Ellie's race for the Paralympics

Ellie Simpson studies BSc Sport Development with Coaching. She has cerebral palsy and competes for England in RaceRunning, a sport for disabled people with impaired balance. In 2015 she won two gold medals in the World Cerebral Palsy Games and was named a Jack Wills Young Brit of the Year.

‘Before I started my course, I didn’t want to work in sport because I felt like nobody would take me seriously. Sheffield Hallam has given me a lot of confidence to go out there and work in the field. 

‘When I first saw a RaceRunner at an athletics competition I was amazed. I tried it out and thought it was so great that I wanted to offer it to other people, so I set up England’s first RaceRunning club at the English Institute of Sport every Wednesday night.

‘We are campaigning for RaceRunning to be featured in the Paralympic Games, so I’m aiming to compete there. My advice is get involved in whatever you can because you never know where it might lead you. I feel like I am living the dream.’

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