Wall of fame for Sheffield’s Olympic heroes

Cllr Julie Dore launches the Olympians List at The winter garens in Sheffield with Nick Robinson-Baker and Monique Gladding
Cllr Julie Dore launches the Olympians List at The winter garens in Sheffield with Nick Robinson-Baker and Monique Gladding
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A WALL of fame honouring Sheffield’s sporting heroes has been unveiled in a bid to inspire a new generation of stars.

The city centre’s Winter Garden is now home to a roll of honour bearing the names of Sheffield athletes who took part in this year’s Olympic and Paralympic games.

Familiar names such as gold medal hero Jessica Ennis have been etched on to the glass wall to leave a lasting legacy of the city’s role in the sporting success.

Homegrown talent was recognised alongside those who trained in Sheffield ahead of London 2012.

Olympic divers Monique Gladding and Nick Robinson-Baker, and youngsters from Sheffield Diving Club, came together to celebrate as Sheffield Council leader Julie Dore unveiled the wall.

Coun Dore said: “We achieved great things at the Olympics but there is much, much more we can achieve. One of the most important things about London 2012 is the legacy it will leave behind.

“Everyone who walks through here will see that inspiration up there, the names of all those people who were inspired from a young age and worked really hard to achieve something. This recognises their hard work and the contribution they brought to our wonderful city.

“The Olympics are now but a sweet memory and we know how easily successes can be forgotten, but we will never forget it and that is why that is up there.”

Sheffield Diving Club member Tia McGarry, aged 13, from Heeley, said: “I’ve been diving for about two-and-a-half years.

“The Games in Rio is something I want to do.

“I don’t know if I’ll be able to achieve that yet but I’d like to see my name up there one day. Seeing Monique and Nick and knowing I have trained with them makes me want it even more.”