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University to honour golden girl’s coach

File photo dated 19/07/12 of Great Britain coach Toni Minichiello.  PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday January 23, 2013. Toni Minichiello, who coached Jessica Ennis to Olympic heptathlon gold, is in talks with UK Athletics over a new role after losing his old job as Olympic coach. See PA Story ATHLETICS Minichiello. Photo credit should read: David Jones/PA Wire.

File photo dated 19/07/12 of Great Britain coach Toni Minichiello. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday January 23, 2013. Toni Minichiello, who coached Jessica Ennis to Olympic heptathlon gold, is in talks with UK Athletics over a new role after losing his old job as Olympic coach. See PA Story ATHLETICS Minichiello. Photo credit should read: David Jones/PA Wire.

Athletics coach Toni Minichiello – coach of Sheffield’s Olympic gold medal star Jessica Ennis-Hill – is to be honoured by Sheffield University.

The father-of-one is to be made an honorary Doctor of Letters.

He has worked with fellow Sheffield graduate Jess, of Dore, for more than 15 years, helping to transform her into the London 2012 Olympic heptathlon champion.

Toni said: “Receiving an honorary degree from the university is a great honour.

“It is wonderful to be recognised for coaching, because sports coaches often go unrecognised in their achievements.

“Being an alumnus of the university, and having always lived in the city, I am very attached to the institution so it will be a very proud moment for me to receive this honour.”

Toni is one of 16 recipients who will receive their accolades alongside thousands of graduates during ceremonies at the university next week.

Among them is ceramics artist and author Edmund de Waal, who will also receive an honorary Doctor of Letters.

He received a Postgraduate Diploma in Japanese Studies from the university of Sheffield in the 1990s.

Edmund said: “Sheffield is the city where I first worked by myself as an artist and writer.

“I loved its engaged energy, the ways in which the arts and the city tumbled together creatively.”

 

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