Sheffield athletes celebrate success at Games

Ellie Simpson and Matthew Humphreys
Ellie Simpson and Matthew Humphreys
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Two athletes who train in Sheffield are celebrating after picking up a haul of medals at the World Cerebral Palsy Games.

Ellie Simpson, aged 20, and Matthew Humphreys, 17, who both train at the English Institute of Sport in Attercliffe, came home with six medals between them.

Ellie Simpson and Matthew Humphreys

Ellie Simpson and Matthew Humphreys

They both took part in race running events, where athletes use a tricyle without pedals to race around a track.

Ellie won gold at 100m and 200m distances, with Matthew winning silver in the 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m distances.

The pair became involved in sport following the success of Great Britain’s Paralympians at the London 2012 Games.

Ellie, who lives in Chesterfield and is studying sport development and coaching at Sheffield Hallam University, said: “I couldn’t believe I was wearing an international vest under three years after watching the Paralympics on TV.

“In 2012 I realised for the first time ever that I could actually do sport.”

After being inspired by London 2012’s Paralympians, Ellie attended a ParalympicsGB ‘Sports Fest’ at EIS Sheffield in April 2013.

“I went in with a really open mind. I thought if I was going to investigate anything it would be horse riding or dressage, but to my great surprise I fell for athletics,” she said.

“From there, I got selected for Paralympic Potential Day, and then joined the City of Sheffield Athletics Club – and the rest, as they say, is history.”

EIS general manager, Paul Hudson, said: “Ellie and Matthew are an inspiration to us all.

“Few people have the drive, commitment and sheer energy to go from beginner to competing for world medals in the space of three years.”