Sheffield’s Commonwealth Games stars recognised at Town Hall

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Sheffield’s Commonwealth Games sporting heroes were celebrated at a special event dedicated to their achievements.

World squash champion Nick Matthew and athletes from the city who represented England and Scotland during the games in Glasgow this summer were invited to a civic reception at the Town Hall.

Sheffield town hall civic reception for Commonwealth games athletes. Swimmers Rebecca Turner and Eleanor Faulkner.

Sheffield town hall civic reception for Commonwealth games athletes. Swimmers Rebecca Turner and Eleanor Faulkner.

Russ Barber, head coach for City of Sheffield Swim Squad, said: “Swimmers work so hard, putting in 30 hours plus every week to train to be able to compete at an international level.

“It’s nice for them to get that recognition, even if it’s just a little pat on the back for their hard work.

“We had five swimmers representing England and one representing Scotland at the Commonwealth Games, which is the most that Sheffield has ever had in swimming terms. It’s a proud achievement.”

Lord Mayor of Sheffield Coun Peter Rippon said: “It’s always important to recognise people when they achieve something, especially when they achieve something for Sheffield and the whole country.”