Star of tomorrow Jazmin gets cash boost to follow in Jess’s footsteps

Jazmin Sawyers, competing in the Bobsleigh at the Innsbruck 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games which starts on January 13th. Picture date: Tuesday January 10, 2012. See PA story SPORT Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
Jazmin Sawyers, competing in the Bobsleigh at the Innsbruck 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games which starts on January 13th. Picture date: Tuesday January 10, 2012. See PA story SPORT Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
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A TEENAGE athlete is hoping to make a giant leap towards Olympic glory – after becoming the first youngster to receive a prestigious new £1,500 scholarship from Sheffield University.

Long jumper Jazmin Sawyers has been given an Ennis Scholarship Award – named after the Olympic heptathlete champion and university psychology graduate.

Eighteen-year-old Jazmin, who is training alongside Jessica, won a silver medal at the Winter Youth Olympics and bronze at the World Junior Athletics Championships this year, before beginning a law and criminology degree at the university.

Jazmin, who finished this summer as the number one-ranked junior long jumper in the world, said: “I think Jessica has shown it is possible to go through your studies and get your degree and still be the best in the world.

“I think for her to be my patron is fantastic. For students training to be a world-class athlete this support is really valuable.”

Next summer, Jazmin will compete in the European Juniors.