Civic celebration on the cards for Sheffield's Olympic athletes

Plans are under way for a civic celebration to honour Sheffield's Olympic medallists following the Games in Rio.

Monday, 15th August 2016, 4:08 pm
Updated Monday, 15th August 2016, 5:09 pm
Great Britain's Jessica Ennis-Hill following the Women's Heptathlon, where she claimed silver at the Olympic Stadium on the eighth day of the Rio Olympics Games, Brazil. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 13, 2016. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY

The city council is discussing how best to mark the achievements of Jessica Ennis-Hill, who won the silver medal in the heptathlon, and Bryony Page, who picked up a silver medal for trampolining.

It has not yet been determined what form the celebration will take. It is understood the council wants to discuss the plans with the athletes first before details are finalised.

Any event could also form part of Jessica’s farewell to competitive athletics.

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After collecting her medal in Rio, she hinted that she could retire, but said she would return to Sheffield first before making her decision.

In 2012, following her gold medal triumph at the Olympics in London, Jessica was treated to a civic reception attended by thousands of people in Barker’s Pool.

Attendees were asked to wear gold and a stage was set up for entertainment which included music, sport and films.

There was also a private reception for Jessica and her family in the City Hall.

Meanwhile Bryony’s prize in Rio marked a British first in her discipline. The 25-year-old, who has a degree in biology from Sheffield University, lives in the city and trains at Hillsborough Leisure Centre.