University hails Olympic hopes

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SPORTS stars from Sheffield University are gearing up for the most important performance of their lives as the Olympic countdown continues.

To mark the third annual Universities Week beginning on Monday, Sheffield is celebrating the way it has engaged with the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Aspects range from sports training and groundbreaking medical research to the development of volunteering projects which will support the London 2012 spectacle.

Sheffield University graduates taking part in the games include heptathlete Jessica Ennis, Nichola Osborne, part of the Women’s Volleyball Team, Zara Dampney of the Olympics beach volleyball team, table tennis champion David Wetherill and trampolinist Bryony Page.