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Ellie Simmonds Gets Misspelled Star

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Winning a pair of Paralympic gold medals this year is still not enough for people to learn how to spell Ellie Simmonds' name correctly.

The Paralympic swimmer - who took home a pair of gold medals this year, equalling the two she won at the Beijing games aged just 13 – was awarded her own plaque on Birmingham's Broad Street Walk of Stars, which recognises the achievements of local people.

But despite all her success, her name was spelt incorrectly on the star, celebrating Ellie Simmons. Oops!

Ever the professional, Ellie continued with the glitzy ceremony and posed with the incorrect star alongside the city's Lord Mayor John Lines, looking delighted to receive the award from the city.

The events manager of Broad Street Nichole Samuels said: "The company that makes the replica stars made a mistake with the spelling but we will be sending a new one to her."

Ellie's dad didn't seem to be too upset about the mistake, telling the Mirror: "People make mistakes and it's been rectified."

Ellie's newly-correct star will be joining a host of other famous names from the city, including Julie Walters, Ozzy Osbourne and Jasper Carrot.

Ellie could get used to receiving honours this month - she is in the running to win the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year award, although she faces stiff competition from a range of fellow London 2012 gold medallists including Bradley Wiggins, Jessica Ennis and David Weir.

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