Baby named after Olympic Sheffield golden girl

Beatrice Jessica Lee who was born on Saturday night and named after Jessica Ennis
Beatrice Jessica Lee who was born on Saturday night and named after Jessica Ennis
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Sheffield Olympic hero Jessica Ennis has been honoured with a couple naming their baby after Team GB’s golden girl.

Athletics fans Henry and Emily Lee, from Wiltshire, were meant to be inside the Olympic Stadium when Jess won the heptathlon.

Instead they were welcoming their baby daughter into the world, so to honour the champion athlete, the couple named their baby after her.

A delighted Jess has sent her congratulations to the couple after being told the 6lb 9oz baby had been given the middle name Jessica.

Beatrice Jessica Lee was only 20 minutes old when Jess won gold, with her father making sure she was sat with him in front of a TV at Bath Hospital to watch the athlete’s special moment.

Mrs Lee’s sister Claire Croxall, who told Jess about the name tribute on Twitter, said: “Just 20 minutes after Beatrice Jessica was born at Bath Hospital, baby and daddy snuggled up just in time to see her namesake achieve her Olympic Gold.

“They may not have made it to the Olympics, but they have a little part of the Olympics to treasure forever.”

She added: “Needless to say we are all huge Jessica Ennis fans in our family now!”

Jess, 26, wrote a message to Mrs Croxall after learning of the birth, saying: “congratulations! That’s so sweet :).”

Mr and Mrs Lee, both 30, had been ‘desperate’ to travel to London from their home in Derry Hill, Wiltshire, to take their seats in the stadium - despite their first child having been due a few days earlier.

When primary school teacher Mrs Lee went into labour, they gave the tickets to friends, who have returned the stubs, with a programme, so they can be framed for Beatrice Jessica.