Jess to join Sheffield’s walk of fame

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Champion athlete’s name will join other local stars outside Town Hall

ATHLETE and Olympic contender Jessica Ennis’ name is to be added to Sheffield’s ‘walk of fame’ outside the Town Hall - joining other celebrities from her home city.

Jess’ name will be immortalised on a bronze plaque set into the pavement on Pinstone Street, along with those of local luminaries, including Jarvis Cocker, Seb Coe, Michael Palin and Sean Bean.

The sportswoman - who holds both the world and European heptathlon championship titles - is set to go for gold at the Olympic games in London next year.

Sheffield’s Lord Mayor, Coun Alan Law, said Jess was “perhaps the greatest athlete of her generation”.

“Jessica is known and admired by sports fans across the world. She is a great ambassador for the city and is an ideal role model for young people - not just in Sheffield, but nationally,” he said.

“There were many very worthy nominations for this year’s honour, but she truly deserves to become a Sheffield legend.”

The ‘Sheffield Legends’ plaques were launched in 2004. Names are nominated by local people and chosen by an independent selection board.

The board represents sectors in the city such as the arts, sport, education, media and business, and is chaired by the Lord Mayor.

Other Sheffield names selected to date include England’s World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks, singer Joe Cocker, footballer Derek Dooley and Helen Sharman, the first British astronaut.

Rock band Def Leppard have also been honoured with a plaque, along with boxing trainer Brendan Ingle, painter Joe Scarborough and cricketer Michael Vaughan.

Jess Ennis first hit the headlines at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, where she won the bronze medal for the heptathlon.

She became world outdoor heptathlon champion in 2009 and world indoor pentathlon champion last year - setting a new pentathlon championship record.

Last year Jess became European heptathlon champion in Barcelona, scoring 6,823 points, a new personal best.