Jessica Ennis-Hill leads Sheffield and South Yorks contingent for Olympics

Jessica Ennis-Hill.
Jessica Ennis-Hill.
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The British Olympic Association has confirmed its final list of 366 athletes who will compete at the Rio Olympics next month.

The number represents the third largest Great Britain squad to travel to an overseas Games, and the biggest since Barcelona in 1992.

Sheffield and South Yorkshire representatives are headed by heptathlon holder and World champion Jessica Ennis-Hill, and US Masters golf champion Danny Willett.

The team is boosted by the last-minute inclusion of canoe sprint pair Lani Belcher and Angela Hannah, who were handed a place after the International Canoeing Federation upheld a doping ban on the Romania and Belarus teams.

Team GB Chef de Mission Mark England said: “After four years of hard work our team for Rio 2016 is now complete.

“We have a strong squad of athletes ready to do their country proud and it’s great to welcome our largest British Olympic team for almost a quarter of a century.

“I also genuinely believe this is our most talented ever team and to qualify in 23 out of the 28 sports is a fantastic achievement. For the athletes the Olympic Games represent a lifetime of dedication in the pursuit of excellence and I wish them all the best over the comings weeks.”

Belcher and Hannah finished one place outside automatic qualification for Rio at last year’s World Championships in Milan, where they were narrowly beaten by the Romanians.

Belcher, who will make her Olympic debut in Rio, said: “The last 11 months have definitely been a rollercoaster of emotions for us.

“Olympic year is never easy or smooth sailing, but to go through the ups and downs we have been through makes this news extra special.”

* Local competitors include -

Freddie Woodward (Sheffield, diving), Max Litchfield (Sheffield, swimming), Ellie Faulkner (Sheffield, swimming), Luke Cutts (Sheffield and Dearne, pole vault), Jessica Ennis-Hill (Sheffield, heptathlon). Nicola Adams (Leeds, trains in Sheffield, boxing), Ed Clancy (Barnsley, cycling), Danny Willett (Sheffield, golf), Bryony Page (Sheffield, trampoline), Barry Middleton (Doncaster, hockey).