Paralympic champion Ellie Robinson retires from swimming

Paralympics winner Ellie Robinson has announced her retirement from swimming.

Robinson was a Paralympic gold and bronze medalist at the Rio Games at the age of 15.

In Tokyo, she finished fifth in the butterfly finals this year and gave a memorable interview by the pool as she talked about the ongoing hip problem she had to overcome in order to compete.

In a statement from British Swimming, the 20-year-old said, “Where do I start? How about if I just say swim, you’ve served me well.

“Even though your door closes, it will never be locked. I will look through forever to admire the beauty behind you.

“We didn’t always get along well. We’ve clashed countless times – but when I swim I can happily stretch out my hand and say “thank you”. That was all part of your plan in the end. I should never have doubted you. “

Chris Furber, National Performance Director of UK Para-Swimming said: “It has been a pleasure to have played a part in Ellie’s career over the past six years and to see what she has achieved, starting with a UK record in the National Paralympics Day Event in London in 2015.

“There is no doubt that through her appearances at two Paralympic Games and other major international competitions, she has helped promote para swimming and also raise the profile of parasports in general.

“We wish her every success in the future and are excited to see what the next chapter has in store for Ellie Robinson.”

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