Sanofi X Paris 2024

Ellie Challis, I just knew para swimming was something I really wanted to pursue professionally

Published on: March 6, 2023


Sport records or scientific breakthroughs do not happen overnight. They require courage, determination and hard work. Through the Sanofi’s People series, we are highlighting stories that create change.
We are leveraging the spirit of the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games to spotlight inspiring individuals – at Sanofi and beyond – who inspire us to push our limits, to do more and to ignite our full potential.
Discover Ellie Challis' story.
There have been things people have said I can't do... And I did them
Ellie Challis

Ellie Challis


Now a world-class paralympic athlete, Ellie Challis was just 16 months old when she contracted meningitis, resulting in the amputation of her limbs. She began swimming lessons at 8 years old after being inspired by the story of a dolphin who had its tail amputated. 
In 2012, she attended the Paralympic Games in London and something clicked:
“I just knew para swimming was something I really wanted to pursue professionally” - and with characteristic determination she did.
Today, 18-year-old Ellie is Britain’s youngest Paralympic medalist, winning silver at Tokyo 2020. 
As well as preparing for Paris 2024, Ellie uses her platform to drive positive change and raise awareness about meningitis. She’s a trailblazer for what people living with disabilities can achieve and her story is only just getting started.


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