Heptathlon champion flies the flag for home city at sport conference

Jessica Ennis addresses the audience during aQ&A session at the SportAccord International Convention in London.
Jessica Ennis addresses the audience during aQ&A session at the SportAccord International Convention in London.
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OLYMPIC contender Jessica Ennis has been flying the flag for Sheffield at a London sporting conference.

Heptathlon champion Jess told delegates she’s ready to compete at the games in the capital next year, calling the event a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity”.

She said she felt no need to leave her home city while starting her career, although she received offers to train elsewhere.

Jess was speaking during a question and answer session at the SportAccord Convention, a six-day gathering of more than 1,500 international sporting representatives.

“It’s a massive honour to be involved in the games,” she said.

“Missing out on the last Olympics makes me appreciate 2012 even more. I’m enjoying being involved but I’m focused on performing on the track.”

The athlete added Team GB team had been training hard for the last four years.

“We’ve improved year on year and now we’re focused on performing on home soil.”.

Jess revealed that she had turned down opportunities, including a scholarship in America, while she was beginning her career.

“I received offers to go elsewhere, but for me I couldn’t see why I should leave Sheffield,” she said.

“Everything I needed was in the city. The set-up was great, so why would I change that?”

Sheffield has been chosen to host the 2012 training camp for the US diving and Brazilian judo teams, as well as for the British diving, table tennis, boxing and volleyball teams.