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‘Relentless bullying made me hate my dwarfism but Strictly’s Ellie Simmonds makes me proud’

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"I’m sitting with my family watching Ellie Simmonds take to the Strictly dance floor in a beautiful gold dress.The Paralympian smiles from ear to ear as she performs her incredible cha-cha – and I’m grinning right back at her.

As the audience applauds Ellie, I feel like it’s one of the best moments of my entire life. My excitement has been building up to this moment since August, when it was announced she’d be taking part.

I actually screamed! I’d been waiting for this day for 33 years.There’s so little representation of dwarfism, let alone the positive kind.

If I’d had this growing up, I’d have felt less alone. My parents are average height, so initially they had no idea what was different about me when I was in pain as a baby.

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