Jess Ennis-Hills’ coach to be honoured by University of Sheffield

Toni Minichiello with Jess Ennis
Toni Minichiello with Jess Ennis
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Toni Minichiello, coach of Sheffield’s Olympic gold medal star Jess Ennis-Hill, is to be made an honorary Doctors of Letters at the University of Sheffield.

The University of Sheffield alumnus and world-renowned athletics coach has worked with fellow Sheffield graduate Jess for more than 15 years, helping to transform her raw talent into an Olympic heptathlon champion.

The father of one, who lives in Sheffield, was crowned Coach of the Year 2012 and was the only British athletics trainer to coach an Olympic gold medallist and double British record breaking performance at the London games.

“Receiving an honorary degree from the University of Sheffield is a great honour. It is wonderful to be recognised for coaching as sports coaches often go unrecognised in their achievements,” said Toni.

“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.”

Jess, aged 27, announced yesterday that she had withdrawn from the British Championships this weekend due to injury.

World-leading ceramics artist and author, Edmund de Waal, will also receive an honorary Doctor of Letters in recognition of his outstanding contribution to his field.

See tomorrow’s Star for the full story.