Athlete Jess is ‘inspirational’

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SHEFFIELD starlet Jessica Ennis has been named one of the most inspirational women in sport.

Homegrown heptathlete Jess came third in Zest Magazine’s list of sporting ladies who inspire other females across the UK.

The magazine praised the focus, determination and diversity of the London 2012 poster girl, who will carry the hopes of the nation on her shoulders when she competes for a medal at this summer’s Games. Jess was narrowly beaten to the top spot by television presenter Helen Skelton and sitting volleyball player Martine Wright.

Mandie Gower, editor of Zest, said: “As London 2012 approaches, the buzz around our female sports stars has reached fever pitch. We wanted to highlight and honour those women.”