Paralympic winner Eleanor Simmonds sets London 2012 focus

Eleanor Simmonds (facing camera)
Simmonds also won gold at the Paralympic World Cup in Manchester in May

Walsall swimmer Eleanor Simmonds hopes to build on her success at the Beijing Paralympics ahead of London 2012.

Simmonds became Great Britain's youngest-ever individual Paralympic gold medallist in 2008 when she won two gold medals aged just 13.

Since then, the 16-year-old has been awarded the MBE and named BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year.

"The year out from London is going to be very hard training, very focussed, working on skills," she told BBC WM.

"I'll be getting everything right for London 2012 because you need to be at the best at that time."

Simmonds also admitted that she had been surprised by the media attention after her double gold success in China three years ago.

"In Beijing, you didn't really know what was happening back here and to come back on the plane and be greeted by so much media... we had so much media attention," she said.

"The experience and doing all the things that I got to do was so good and really enjoyable," she added.

And Simmonds said her preparations for London 2012 would be much the same as her build-up to Beijing.

The teenager, who trains in Swansea, is hoping to enter the 200m individual medley and the 50m, 100m and 400m freestyle races and will compete in qualifiers next spring.

She added to her gold medal haul on Sunday at the IPC European Championships in Berlin, beating her own world record to win the S6 400m freestyle.

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