Golden girl Jessica Ennis puts Sheffield on the map

Great Britain's Jessica Ennis celebrates winning the Heptathlon, after the 800m event at the Olympic Stadium, London, on the eighth day of the London 2012 Olympics. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 4, 2012. Photo credit should read: John Giles/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Great Britain's Jessica Ennis celebrates winning the Heptathlon, after the 800m event at the Olympic Stadium, London, on the eighth day of the London 2012 Olympics. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 4, 2012. Photo credit should read: John Giles/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
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SHEFFIELD golden girl Jessica Ennis has really put Yorkshire on the map - a new one paying tribute to all the county’s Olympic medal winners, writes Graham Walker.

It’s been produced by Yorkshire-based family-run sportswear retailer, SportsShoes.com - who say the Games were a run away success for the white rose county.

The map shows where in Yorkshire each of the medallists is from or is based, as well as the locations of the Royal Mail’s gold post boxes.

It also shows how the county would have finished 12th in the medal table, if Yorkshire competed as a county, independently of Great Britain.

The map also highlights other Yorkshire sporting heroes of years gone by.

These include Sheffield-born 1966 World Cup winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks - who was recently honoured with The Star’s Derek Dooley Lifetime Achievement Award at our Football Awards.

Brett Bannister, MD of SportsShoes.com said: “It’s been absolutely fantastic to see the achievements of Yorkshire athletes this year.

“Being from Yorkshire we couldn’t be more proud and you can really feel the buzz in the air when you’re out and about.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing the legacy; we’ve already seen demand for running shoes peak during the Games which suggests that they’ve encouraged more people to get active, and that’s fantastic.”

Founded by Bradford City FC legend Bruce Bannister, the retailer has a strong sporting heritage of its own and the staff are immensely proud of the achievements of local athletes at this year’s Games.

It is hoped that the graphic will be shared and enjoyed by Yorkshire residents who are still glowing, having seen their county men and women win seven gold medals, two silver medals and two bronze medals.

The map is available to share or download from www.sportsshoes.com/support/Yorkshire%27s_Gold?.

* Thousands of people are expected to turn up wearing gold and cheer Jess at a civic reception to welcome her home as Olympic champion - in Barker’s Pool, Sheffield, on Friday, August 17, 4pm to 7pm. She is due to appear on stage around 6.15pm.

See The Star for full coverage on line, including video report and then a special edition of The Star on Saturday.

FREE POSTER: Get a FREE giant poster of Jessica Ennis and a souvenir pull out in The Star on Friday, August 17, 2012.