THE coach from the athletics club who Jessica Ennis has competed for since she was child said her gold medal performance was “inspiration to all of us”.
Mike Corden, chairman and senior coach of the City of Sheffield club, has known the heptathlete since she was 13.
He said it was not just her victory which will inspire his 500 members but the ‘staggering’ way in which she went about the seven events.
And, like so many others, he said her world-beating performance is special because “she is such a nice person too”.
He said: “It means so much to everybody at this club because everyone likes her so much.
“It sounds a simple thing to say but she’s not someone who’s just attached to the club, she’s still a key part of it.
“Can you imagine a top footballer starting with a small club and staying with them as they reach the top of international sport?
“It just doesn’t happen in other sports.”