Sheffield squash champ is next Legend

Nick Matthew with British Open trophy 2012
Nick Matthew with British Open trophy 2012
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Champion squash player Nick Matthew has been announced as the next Sheffield Legend to join the city’s Walk of Fame outside the Town Hall.

He joins the likes of Jessica Ennis, Sean Bean, Michael Palin and Sir Sebastian Coe on the city’s ‘Hollywood Boulevard-style’ attraction.

Matthew claimed his maiden British Open title back in 2006 – the first home-grown winner for 67 years – and has since gone on to become a two-time world champion and double Commonwealth Games gold medallist.

Sheffield’s new Lord Mayor and chair of the Sheffield Legends initiative, Coun Vickie Priestley, said: “Nick will be a fantastic addition to the city’s Walk of Fame.

“He is an excellent role model for young people and is another shining example of the city’s sporting legacy.

“Nick’s success has helped promote Sheffield’s international reputation for sporting excellence.”

Nick said he was ‘delighted’ and ‘honoured’.

“I would particularly like to thank Hallamshire Squash Club, the English Institute of Sport and my old school, High Storrs, for all their help.

“I feel proud to represent our fabulous city when I play in squash events all over the world.”

Nick’s plaque will be unveiled at an official ceremony later in the summer.

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